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Ensberg Jacobs Design 60’s Tract House Redo

Thoughtful stripping away of standard tract construction elements and dated finishes combined with careful analysis and selection of items that could be made to work resulted in a transformed house, including furnishings within the expected budget.






“We couldn’t alter the suburban tract surrounding the structure, but the house had unique potential for the feel of a custom home,” partners Ensberg and Jacobs state. “What the owners thought would take three phases of work and a significant budget was achieved in one phase with money to spare.”

The work included bold accent colors, minor construction to replace bedroom closets with built-in cabinets, opening up of the kitchen, upgraded utilities, new wood flooring, modifications to the existing lighting, general repairs, new pool deck cable railing, planter boxes and complete re-landscaping, achieved by working with much of the existing plant materials.






The result is a delightfully updated home with a spectacular pool and a mountain view, providing an engaging and lively place for entertaining five to fifty guests.

Photography / Jim Bartsch



Thomas Jacobs, A.I.A. Architect and Cassandra Ensberg, A.I.A. LEED A.P. Architect, the two principals of this partnership, have over forty years of combined professional experience in architecture and interior design. Their completed projects include a full spectrum of work in the public and private realms.


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