Capitola Village – Complete Remodel

This charming 1950’s era Capitola Village home includes three levels, with the upper two enjoying beautiful views of Capitola Beach and the ocean beyond.  Before our clients purchased this property in the Spring of 2010, it had been illegally expanded to a triplex.  Our challenge was to renovate this house to a single family residence.  The City of Capitola was very helpful and eager to approve our plans for this conversion.  The result is a welcome addition to the special community that is Capitola-By-The-Sea.

Our initial task was to generate a plan and budget that would secure the job for Costa Bella, as the owner’s were entertaining bids from other Santa Cruz area contractors. Our competitive pricing and willingness to invest a lot of upfront planning and consulting time secured the job for our firm. We devised an interior construction plan that would completely redesign the kitchen, opening up adjacent walls to maximize the beach view from the second level. On the third floor, we planned to relocate interior walls to create a new main suite with large bathroom, walk in closets, wet bar and new skylights.

We began the construction project with an estimated timeline of 16 weeks. Demolition was conducted after we confirmed that asbestos and lead tests were negative. We used green building guidelines during the initial phase and were able to recycle nearly 85% of our demolition debris.

The entire kitchen and living area were demolished. The newly designed kitchen includes custom cabinetry in a contemporary design, granite countertops, new plumbing fixtures and a pass-through to the living area. The cabinets are a unique quarter sawn maple with a clear finish. The doors and drawers are all soft close using top of the line hardware. Special cabinet features included a rounded island cabinet, seeded glass display cabinets, and upper cabinet television pullout.

In the main living area, we replaced the existing woodstove with a new flush gas fireplace and installed a recessed flat screen television above it. The floor was completely replaced with stained ‘scraped’ engineering flooring. New wood baseboards were installed throughout. The single pane windows were removed and replaced with new dual pane vinyl framed units. The original south facing stained glass window was beautifully preserved.

The second floor guest bathroom was completely updated with a new custom vanity cabinet with granite countertop, new bathtub, new tile floors and shower surround, new windows, new toilet with Toto washlet seat and new plumbing fixtures.

In the course of our remodeling work, most of the plumbing fixtures were moved. All exposed piping was upgraded to new copper materials. The antiquated electrical system was replaced with a new 200 amp panel and new wiring for 70% of the house. All of the old lighting fixtures were removed, new fixture boxes were installed in the bedrooms and the outlets were upgraded to GFI or arc fault as appropriate. The lighting plan in the kitchen included drop pendants at the new island, small halogen ‘puck’ lights in the glass fronted display cabinets and new LED recessed lights in the general kitchen dining areas.

The old and noisy individual gas furnaces were replaced with a new 95% efficient forced air unit installed on the first floor in a new mechanical room. New furnace ducting, return air supplies and heat registers were installed.

The third floor was demolished and reconfigured resulting in a more open, functional space. A large walk-in closet was added at the master bedroom along with a new wet bar and storage area at the rear of the third floor suite. The master bathroom was completely redesigned to include a huge walk-in shower with two spray heads, a seven foot long double vanity cabinet and a new water closet with Toto washlet system. A new Velux skylight, tile features and granite countertops completed the renovation.