Lic. #521133
6791 Sebastopol Ave #140
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Petaluma Victorian Whole Home Remodel

Petaluma Victorian Whole Home Remodel

 2018 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Award-Winning Project (Bay Area)
Category: Whole Home Remodel

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Built in 1902, this Victorian house is located in a designated Historic District. Originally a family home, it was at different times a boarding house and a bed & breakfast inn. When purchased in 2016, it had 6 bedrooms and 6 full bath suites. With baby on the way, the clients relocated from the city to this home in a small rural town. It is located across the street from a beautiful church, with parks and schools nearby. Their goal was to convert the house back to the original, 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath single-family plan and raise their growing family there.

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The clients both love to cook and entertain often, so a much larger kitchen was needed. They required a small home office, upgraded powder room for guests and guest bedroom-bathroom suites for the two sets of grandparents to spend overnight visits.

Because the property had undergone so many major remodels over the years, there was no longer consistency in the molding, trims, fixtures and surfaces throughout the house. A major goal was to consolidate all of the competing elements into a cohesive design that was typical of the period style.

As history buffs, the clients were very excited about their architecturally significant older home. They wanted to restore the grandeur and 1920’s aesthetic of the house as much as possible and mantain its character while adding modern conveniences and upgrades to the electrical, plumbing, lighting and appliances.

Reclaimed space from powder room and hallway into a niche for large cooking range
Installed large kitchen island for food prep and in-kitchen dining
Utility closet converted to area for refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling cabinets
Re-positioned windows to make room for higher counter tops
Art Deco-period style black cabinets, brass hardward and fixtures, traditional Carrera marble counter tops, white subway tiles and corbels in the range niche were installed throughout
Contemporary task and ambient lighting

Restored interior wing walls between dining and sitting room
All walls, windows, and moldings restored/refinished
Refurbished original coal fireplace and added new stone and hearth
Coverted the added-on porch to a small study/office

Removed bathtub and created usable box feature (covers stairs going to basement)
Replaced jalousie windows with double-hung window per historic review board requirements
Repositioned toilet and sink
Repurposed original 1920’s light fixtures

Built a large walk-in closet and laundry room in old master bathroom space
Created a new Master Bathroom in a small bedroom adjacent to Master Bedroom
Repurposed claw-foot bathtub from another bathroom
All fixtures and finishes were replaced in keeping with period style

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