This 1920s Craftsman bungalow was converted into a duplex at some point during the 1960s.
Over the years, the very cool architectural details of the house had fallen into disrepair. The pillars and columns were crooked, the concrete porch was cracked, and the wood was rotting from years of neglect.
Heirloom Design Build’s goal was to restore the home’s original charm. In addition, we wanted to add the comfort and convenience of the 21st century to the home’s interior, while retaining the historical character of the home’s exterior. We spent a good portion of this project deconstructing the changes to the home and recreating the original single-family layout.
To ensure the best outcome, we used top-quality building materials—the kind that are usually found in much larger and more expensive home renovations—while keeping the house’s footprint small and it’s design tasteful and in keeping with the look of the neighborhood. Modern improvements included the vaulting of the ceilings, the exposing of brick chimneys, and the installation of Carrera marble, recycled hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry, and beautiful light fixtures throughout the home.
We also added new landscaping and hardscaping to the home's front and back yard, including a new stone patio with a built-in barbeque pit--a perfect spot for entertaining!
Some of the high performance features include a high efficiency HVAC system, and all paints and sealants used were were non-VOC, ensuring better air quality for the home’s future residents.
Commented on Aug 20, 2012
Beautiful - thank you for sharing - such nice work. Noticed the black paint on the window
panes with the white surround - must do that on my building. Loved the swoops in the brick work of the front porch and how the half circle enbankment created to work with the yard slope turned a bad feature into a plus.
I think the stark black and white will soften/blend nicely once someone moves in. It would be fun to see what colors the new owners choose and how their furnishings change the look.
I collected rocks from the woods and bought the footbridge on line. I found the neat stork at Lowes. Yes, Lowes is my favorite store. I had the stone delivered and I just layed out how I
wanted it with the large rocks and then just filled it in with the stone and mulched the rest. It was pretty easy actually. I got the daylillies from a friend and the grasses I bought at a market. My little cat I had for 17 years is buried under the St. Francis statue on the left side of the bridge so this spot has special meaning to me.
Commented on Jun 28, 2012
This is fabulous! I have always wanted to incorporate a bridge like that in my garden
What a simple but clever and fun garden spot you made!