Let there be light! The house on Pine Street has been completed as of June. We have been doing finishing touches and moving in since then. We are happy to share photos with you. The original 2 bed/1 bath 1924 Craftsman style bungalow has been expanded into a 2 story home with 4 beds and 3 baths.
Our aim with this project was to take a home that had some existing charm in a great location and bring it into the 21st century. The governing principle was to balance the old and the new, in design as well as materials, mixing clean and modern with elements that add texture and depth.
We also strived to create a sophisticated and custom looking home while using off the shelf, affordable materials, and techniques in creative ways.
The palate is simple and dramatic with dark cobalt paint on the existing trim, white walls and light maple floors. This works well in the tall space and will allow us to use bright textiles and art to add color, warmth and interest.
In the front living room we exposed the many southern windows by eliminating the den. This has brought light deep into the house and created a large front room in which we can create multiple seating areas while still having a large space to entertain.
The Kitchen is now the center of the house with the stair, dining, breakfast, and living areas opening onto it. A large Island will eventually anchor this room. We added new windows on the kitchen wall and a windowed door to the backyard connecting the outdoor spaces with the interior. The large slate backsplash and stainless steel hood create a focal point on the long kitchen wall adding depth and texture. Wood butcher block countertops wrap the modern cabinets and refrigerator as well.
A cutout in the pantry wall is also wrapped in wood and opens the breakfast room to the rest of the house We accomplished this look using ikea base cabinets with locally sourced door fronts that we painted in a deep saturated teal with brass hardware. It achieves a custom look while staying within a reasonable budget.
We strive to find moments like the opening onto the stair landing from below. Opportunities like this often present themselves as a project evolves. Being able to take advantage of them adds character and transparency to a home.
The new stairwell is a room of its own. Its ascending height and vertical window create an elegant gallery like space that draws you up to the second floor. The doors and frames that were eliminated on the first floor were reused on the second floor bedrooms. This brings some older detailing to the new upstairs build.
Additional light was brought into the childrens' rooms by adding small porthole sized windows designed to fit easily between the framing studs. They are already favorite spots for the kids to gaze. We refinished the existing douglas fir attic floor, adding yet another element bringing age, depth and texture. The roof pitch is reflected in the bedroom ceilings recalling the sloped ceiling bedrooms of many of the traditional homes in the area.
The bathrooms used off the shelf products in an interesting way to create fun and efficient spaces.
This project is the product of the hard work of many tradespeople, family and friends. We are thankful for their help and honored to acknowledge them!
General Contractor - Wilbur Construction, LLC HVAC and Plumbing Contractor - Trudell Plumbingand Heating Electrical Contractor - Mandel Electric Wood Floor refinishing - Charlie Kronschnabel at U.P. Wood Flooring Window Contractor - Joe Dost at Pella Windows Custom Cabinet Doors by North Oak Manufacturing