Rustic Retreat to Sophisticated Home

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A rustic retreat finds new life as a sophisticated urban home.

Built in 1995, it had already undergone one renovation to add a master bedroom suite. The more recent reconstruction added an office and exercise room, lengthened a hallway, completely transformed a third bedroom and laundry room and tied the whole home into a unified whole – all while working under the constraints of leaving the extravagant courtyard garden completely undisturbed.

The challenges were multifold – each one overcome with an elegant solution. The living room floor was dropped 2.6 feet to create a level entry from the foyer. The dark rock and fir fireplace was replaced with an energy efficient gas fireplace with a polished marble surround. A dingy bath with an aging tub and shower combination was transformed into a wondrous marble tiled bath with custom cabinetry, built-in linen storage and a luxurious soaker tub.

Inside and out, the home is now a harmonious whole that embraces light, space and contemporary comfort.