Victorian Labor of Love

Alameda, California

This classic Joseph Leonard 1890’s Victorian in the Leonardville neighborhood of Alameda had all of its original siding and wood details covered with stucco on the exterior, and the interior was in bad need of repair. First, the owner lovingly restored the house to its original condition, doing much of the work with his own hands. Next, he wanted to create a more livable and modern Victorian home while maintaining the integrity of the home’s period architecture.

Saikley Architects worked with the owner to make some structural changes, dig out the basement for a new garage below the living spaces, put in a modern kitchen, create a new rear porch in keeping with the original house, and consult with the owner on other improvements. With conveniences like on-site parking, extra storage and an updated kitchen, the owner enjoys a modern Victorian home that’s designed for the way families live today. This project won a Preservation Award from the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society.

Photography: Kurt Manley

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