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Spanish Colonial Revival in Hope Ranch

A  desire to protect the architectural integrity of this home, designed by Alexander Bertrand Harmer in 1927, was one of the goals of this remodel. With only a modest addition of 650 sq. ft. to create a small office off the kitchen on the first floor and a 2nd story office space with an external stairway, the remodel by Allen Construction improved the structure, updated finishes and brought life back to this almost century old Spanish Colonial Revival-style home.

 

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In 2012, the owner, architect Peter Becker and general contractor Allen Construction came together to update the project  — an authentic Spanish Colonial Revival-style home, dramatically upgraded and yet preserved. About 40 percent of the home, including many of the previous improvements, was razed in the process.

 

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The project, not only maintained the original footprint, but preserved many of the significant attributes of a Spanish Colonial Revival. The home is in the “sparse Andalusian farmhouse version” of the style; a rambling one-story U-shaped hacienda organized around a central recessed porch and patio on the north façade.

All of the old wooden floors and hardware were carefully preserved and reused when possible. New, identically matching windows and doors were fabricated when old ones were unsalvageable. In the above photo, a set of original French doors are flanked by new transoms and sidelights created for an enlarged opening.

 

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Updated, yet still maintaining traditional elements of Spanish Colonial style, the kitchen materials feature stainless steel and
white marble surfaces.

 

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A significant challenge at the end of the project was installing a custom made, marble sink and vanity – weighing 2,200 lbs. – in
the master bathroom.

 

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The addition of a light well tower on the north side of the house brings natural light into the center of the house, particularly the hallway to the master bedroom suite and the children’s bedroom wing.

 

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This project is the essence of an historical restoration. Care and attention were given to every detail to meet the client’s and architect’s desire to protect and enhance the home’s architectural features. The end result – an elegant, solid, comfortable Spanish Colonial Revival home inside and out, with touches of modern features thrown in to match the client’s taste.

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