Santa Cruz Harbor – New Home Addition


This was a new 350 square foot Home Addition and complete renovation of an existing mid 20’s beach cottage located on a double lot in the Harbor area of Santa Cruz.
After a complete redesign and demolition ‘down to the studs’, this iconic beach house was rebuilt from the inside out with top of the line materials and expert attention to every detail.

The Design and Remodeling work was preceded by our land use analysis with the Santa Cruz County Planning  and Building Departments. Although this large lot could have accommodated two separate new homes, our client was intent upon preserving the charming early century look and lot positioning of the existing ninety year old home. In addition, she was in favor of preserving the large old Monterey Cypress tree located at the front corner of the lot. A consulting Arborist was brought in to support and judiciously trim the major branches in a successful effort to improve the health and stability of the heritage tree.


This can be the really fun part, and that’s how it was on this project. To begin, I simply sketched up the existing floor plan outline of the home. Then I drew in the proposed 350 sq. ft. addition along the sunny South side of the house.
Having a big empty space to get creative with, I asked the client to just imagine how she’d like the finished home to be. As she spoke about her ideal home, I drew.    What emerged was a nearly complete redesign of the interior which included a large new Kitchen/ dining room, a second bathroom, big master bedroom, huge closet, an altered entry, artists studio and enlarged laundry/service room. From there we drew up working designs and 3-D images which led to more alterations and refinements until the client was satisfied that she had exactly what she wanted. This led to the completion of her home addition and remodel that she describes today as, ” a joy to live in each day”.

THE EXTERIOR of the home was completely stripped to the studs in preparation for the new addition concrete foundation tie-in to the old house. Along with the new foundation, new concrete landings and a rear patio was poured. Next came new framing, roof, siding, new wood windows, plus exterior trim and embellishments in keeping with the original design of the home.

THE INTERIOR  finishes of the enlarged home are all new; only a few structural walls from the original home remain.
Most of the new square footage was devoted to the stunning new kitchen and dining areas which enjoy a new flow and spaciousness that was not available in the original home. When desired, they can be separated by the use of a set of glass French doors. Similarly, the elegant Living room can be isolated from the Dining area by closing the reconditioned original 8ft. wide solid redwood pocket doors.

The NEW KITCHEN is a contemporary take on an traditional beach cottage kitchen. However, the beautiful island and countertops of Brazilian Fusion granite really pull the open space into the twenty first century. Other features include: sustainably harvested solid Ash wood flooring, higher end appliances, hand made ceramic back splash tiles, premium solid wood custom cabinetry, updated lighting throughout and a porcelain farm sink.