Colonial Revival Facelift

Alameda, California

We were tasked with improving the façade of this grand old Colonial Revival home, and researched the period so that any new work would be appropriate and seamless. The project included new front stairs and trellis, a reconfigured front entry to bring it back to its original state, rebuilding of the driveway and paving, and the addition of period exterior lighting. Our office coordinated with Sue Oda Landscape Architecture for the plantings and landscaping.

Currently underway is phase two: a major remodel of the interior. The home had been divided into three units during World War II and its grand stair had been removed. We are reconfiguring rooms in keeping with the period while updating for current lifestyles, and recreating the grand stair to extend up into a tall existing attic space, which will become a sunny family room with vaulted ceiling.

Working with Alexandra has been a pleasure. In 2012, we first met Alexandra when redesigning our home's front yard, porch and entryway. She easily transformed our vision into a reality that was within our budget, and complemented the original design of our 1899 home. Our experience was so positive that we turned to Alexandra again when we decided to take on a much larger project that included moving a stairway, renovating the second floor, and finishing the attic space. Alexandra and her team have listened to our family's needs and once again produced creative and gorgeous drawings. She also is quite adept at working patiently yet efficiently with the Planning Department. We highly recommend Alexandra!

- Client