Seascape Beachfront – Home Addition / Renovation
This complete home remodel and addition began with the owners desire to renovate and update the original forty year old vacation home and features. The client was recommended to us by their friends who had hired us to remodel a vacation home in Carmel Valley. We began by selecting Jim Stroupe, a highly qualified local Architect, to devise an entirely new front facade and interior layout. He met with the client and quickly proposed a design which captured the Baja California look she had in mind. With a few revisions and another client meeting, we soon had a finished set of plans. The new home design included a dramatic new entryway, 10 foot high ceilings, expanded kitchen, and a re-designed master bedroom oriented to capture the expansive ocean views at this location.
Jim’s familiarity with the County of Santa Cruz Planning and Building Department requirements resulted in the rapid movement of the project plans through the approval process. Our permit was ready in just over two months!
Prior to the start of this extensive remodeling and home addition project, we hired professional movers to pack up and store all of the contents of the house off site.
Then the entire roof, front facade, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, and drywall were demolished and removed for recycling and disposal. After the home was stripped down to the framing, new interior walls, higher ceilings, full ridge skylights, and a new fireplace was framed in. Other additions included: all new electrical service and wiring, all new dual pane windows, new whole-house vacuum system, re-configured plumbing services, re-purposed wood ceilings, and ‘plaster’ finished drywall throughout.
As you can see from the photographs, the interior finished surfaces reflect the owner’s preference for Mexican design elements. Several of these are quite dramatic including: the eight foot tall custom made distressed Alder doors, authentic Talavera ceramic sinks and tile features, sculpted Hickory wood flooring, and stained bamboo surfacing at the kitchen ceiling.
A lot of thought was put into the design and finishing of the kitchen. The old separating wall was removed and replaced with a large new island topped with a counter top of distressed Alder wood. This helped to open the kitchen up to the Southwest facing ocean vistas. Hand made artistic ceramic tiles were commissioned and installed at the kitchen back splashes. New upper end appliances, plumbing fixtures, and custom solid wood cabinets were installed to complete the new kitchen.
The bathroom count was increased from two to three with all of them receiving new Mexican tile surfaces and features. Custom cabinetry, heavy frameless shower glass, new plumbing fixtures, and accessories finished the job.
After the completion of the home addition and remodel, we managed the installation of the new stone hard scaping and landscaping at this site. Finally, the custom wood garage carriage doors were finished to compliment the over sized custom wood front door with beautiful results.