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!