PROJECT: University Heights Remodel
Overview: Like many mid-city smaller homes built in the 20’s and 30’s, this one had a range of structural and design issues, as well as simply looking derelict. The whole-home approach required knocking out walls, pulling out floors and fixtures, and upgrading wiring and plumbing. The mismatched colors and cramped spacing were replaced with a clean, contemporary design that opened up the small spaces and created an urbane liveability.
Challenge: The goal was to keep the character and indisputable charm of a house built in a whole different era but infuse it with a touch of urbane sophistication.
Solution: The front porch with columns is a vital part of the individuality of the older homes in this neighborhood. While the exterior revives the heritage, the interior reshapes the limited footage with a versatile island that bridges the living room with the small, L-shaped kitchen. The landscaping is scaled to the house, with classic jade plants and flowering annuals framing the porch. The tiny back patio is accented with a simple brick-colored deck and steps
Results: Can a house be both quaint and chic? This small one-bedroom, one-bath home in a quiet older neighborhood was a textbook case of renovation. From the natural slate porch to the dark umber/pale mint interior color scheme, the subtle, clean look is punctuated only by the brilliantly yellow front door, a nod to the often eccentric color choices this vintage neighborhood is known for.