This major remodel and renovation near the beach in Santa Cruz started at this dilapidated Victoria built in 1904. We began by creating a complete set of building plans detailing the renovation and remodeling the building. We added new square footage to the master bedroom, re-engineered and rebuilt the entire rear half of the structure, and then completely replaced all the plumbing and electrical services. All of our construction on the exterior was required to match the original, in order to comply with the Historical status of the building.

This project was conducted under the Green Building guidelines established by the City of Santa Cruz. We were able to recycle over 80% of our demolition and construction refuse. We took care to preserve and renovate the existing redwood window casings and all of the original custom heart redwood doors in the home. They were refinished and re-used to maintain the vintage warmth of the original structure. The upstairs redwood flooring was preserved and the damaged sections replaced with material salvaged from the flooring at the first story.

The extensive floorplan changes called for in the new remodel included the removal and construction of new loadbearing partition walls with related engineering and foundation work. We added a new bedroom with a separate bathroom along with the guest bath and laundry at the ground floor. New solid wood cabinetry was custom built and installed in the redesigned and remodeled kitchen area, the home office, dining room, and in the new and remodeled bathrooms.

Upstairs, the floor plan was rearranged to include a new, larger master bedroom with an adjacent 200 square-foot master bathroom and walk-in closet. Both of these areas opened onto a rebuilt private lounging deck with expansive views out to the ocean and the forests above the University.

The exterior of the home was finished with custom reproduced posts, railings, finials and gable details to match the original home. Complete exterior siding, trim and a four-color paint job completed the project.