Monday, July 23, 2012

The Story Of Our House

In 2009 Tom and I sold our family home that we had previously renovated and downsized to a smaller home.  We were suddenly empty-nesters and were excited about starting a new project.  We scoured several areas looking for the right project and found it less than a mile from our previous home here in Pebble Beach.

To say this little house lacked curb appeal was an absolute understatement. The exterior was hidden under a coat of dark brown paint and the old iron windows were painted with bright turquoise trim. Yikes!!






But with years of home remodeling under our belt, we learned long ago to look past the cosmetic things we knew we could change.  Once inside, it was love at first sight!  This house had a soul and character, and as we would later learn, a charming story.  All of that and a short walk to the beach....perfect!!




We purchased from the original owners who designed and built it as their retirement home back in 1968.  They were now both deceased and the family was selling the home.  They even gave us all the original house plans.  I display a few in our dining area inside a turquoise pot left behind in the backyard.  I love the whole connection to this home's past!




The design was very unique, it looked much older and resembled a small cottage or farmhouse complete with steep roof and tall iron windows.  We loved meeting some of the family and learning more about the prior owners (Mr. and Mrs. G).  We believe Mr. G's French Canadian heritage might explain some of the unique features in the architecture, but many of the decorative elements were all Mrs. G.  Together they created the soul and the story of this little house and provided the inspiration for our design, European Farmhouse.  And now.....we continue the story.  You can see more before and after photos here



We are remodeling every inch of this house inside and out, and are about halfway done. We do the work ourselves so while it can take a bit more time to complete these projects, it's definitely a labor of love.  While searching for design inspiration online, I got hooked on design and home decor blogs.  We have been remodeling homes for over 30 years and unless you were a family member, friends or our local Realtor, you wouldn't necessarily know of all our creative pursuits.  Well not anymore!  This blog was created to share our projects and adventures while renovating and highlight the beautiful Monterey peninsula communities we call home.   We hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading!




Take care,

10 comments:

  1. Sarah, welcome to blog land! So good to have you here - and of course anything European gets my extra attention! Your home is gorgeous! I look forward to lots of home inspiration and a fun blog friendship.

    oxox, Mon

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    1. Mon, thank you for your comments! I appreciate them so much. Hope you are enjoying your summer:)...and hugs to you.
      Sarah

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  2. Hi, Sarah - Many thanks for visiting my blog. I'm delighted to find you, your blog and charming home! I just looked at your before and after photos. I am in love with what you all have done!! We also have a stucco house with pitched and tiled roof. Is your home stucco? Your interior beams are divine. I look forward to following along on your renovation.
    Cheers from our old home in DC,
    Loi

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    1. Hi Loi- Thank you for your kind comments,I sincerely appreciate them!
      Yes our home is stucco. Originally it had a stucco sand finish that we didn't really care for. Tom went over it with a color coat stucco product in a finish called pebblestone gray. It's applied with a trowel and technique that give it more of an old world look. Tom gets all the credit on that one... He did an amazing job.
      Thanks so much for visiting!
      Sarah

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    2. Sarah - I came back for a second viewing. Our home's original stucco surface had been painted over many times. We had to pressure wash all the paint off, then re-stucco. I appreciate all that you've done.
      Cheers,
      L

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    3. Loi,
      Our projects are always a labor of love....and lots of work but we love to create these spaces! We have bedrooms and bathrooms inside to renovate still, so lots more to do here.
      By late fall we are considering making our guest studio available for vacation rental. Perhaps you might want to visit Pebble Beach sometime? I could use some gardening tips...I've seen your beautiful garden!
      I'll put all the info out there when we are ready.
      Thank you again,
      Sarah

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  3. PS - Your guest studio is divine! It is my dream to have one of those :-)
    Loi

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    1. We are renovating the inside now and should be finished in a few weeks. Can't wait to share it :) Thank you again!

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  4. Thank you for posting such a great article! I found your website perfect for my needs. It contains wonderful and helpful posts. Keep up the good work!
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  5. Love what you're doing here guys, keep it up!..
    glass

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