Colonial Grand Stair & Attic

Alameda, California

Initially we were tasked with improving the façade of this grand old Colonial Revival home. We researched the period and local details so that 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 new landscaping.

We later did a full interior remodel to bring back the original beauty of the home and expand into the attic. The original grand stairway had been removed, and the layout chopped up, when the home was converted to three units during World War II. We reconfigured the layout to create an ample 5 bedroom, 3 bath home with large, well-proportioned rooms, plenty of light everywhere, the attic converted to a family room with a window seat at the original attic dormer, and a new grand staircase.

“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 includes recreating a grand stairway, renovating the 2nd 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 effectively with the Planning Department.  We highly recommend Alexandra!” – Client