Midtown Bungalow

Remodel & Refurbishment

Rich purchased this classic Midtown "high water" bungalow in 2001. Built in 1912, the house had been modified several times over the years. Rich lead a major renovation of the entire structure, restoring the original building's character while enhancing its design and adding modern functionality. With approximately 2000 sq. ft. of living space the home has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a separate laundry room, ample closets, a walk in attic 'bonus' space and a full basement. There is a 3/4 bath in the basement and a 1 car garage with an automatic garage door opener

The project

When Rich acquired the house some of the home's trademark features, like the wall to wall wainscoting in the living and dining rooms, had managed to withstand time and multiple ownerships.

However, much of the house had not faired so well. The front porch, now a focal point for the structure, was enclosed and the decorative rafter tails had been cut off. The staircase leading to the cramped and underdeveloped second story was narrow and rickety and the kitchen was in a state of decay.  

Notable improvements

  • Redwood clapboard siding and cedar shingle exterior
  • Craftsman wood windows, doors and trim package
  • Vaulted ceilings with exposed beam trusses in the living room and bedroom. The trusses were built onsite and lifted into place by a crane
  • Simple, elegant, eat in kitchen that shares the open space with the living room and landing
  • Living room with street facing bay window
  • Flooring, wainscot and window casings made from vertical grain Douglas fir
  • Hand-finished wood with aniline stain and shellac