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Santa Clara Historical Renovation

2018 Gold NARI Meta Remodeling Award
Residential Historical Renovation over $250,000

A 1900 Queen Anne Revival historic home, tastefully updated with nods to its original Victorian Era design

The 2-story single family Queen Anne Revival home was constructed in 1900, and is listed in the Santa Clara Historic Resource Inventory. The project was a Preservation Plan for rehabilitation, repair and preservation. Investor purchased with the intent of reselling. Challenges included: maintaining the character-defining features, redesigning of odd and quirky spaces, meeting code and budget. The goal was to not only bring the home to its former glory but to give it new life so that a 21st century modern day family could love it for years to come.

Important to celebrate the home’s architecture with timeless choices, the design consists of classic subway tile, custom fan scalloped bathroom tile (mimicking gabled roof), encaustic-looking patterned tile, and plank hardwood flooring. The neutral palette of dove gray and pewters, and soft greens punctuated with crisp white trim give space fresh appeal. To look as if it had always been there, the built-in pantry was carefully designed with glass cup hardware adding a touch of sparkle. Using scale, pattern and texture, the space has a joyful – yet elegant Victorian vibe.

Ensuring that the home had strength from the ground up, the foundation was replaced, while the roof and windows, restored. Kitchen required a major re-haul as well as bathrooms, and a new more spacious master bathroom was created. Conveniently located by laundry room, the mudroom was created taking advantage of the natural daylight and views.

A new brick foundation was needed requiring a moving company to physically raise the structure. Project required “outside the box” thinking and effort to ensure both practical and aesthetics choices were selected for the harmonization of the Queen Anne architecture with quirky classic appeal. A Valley classic that fills one heart with joy.

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