Light and Open Redesign of 1950’s Rancher

We transform this old 1950’s ranch home into looking unrecognizable home for today’s living.

“No more I Love Lucy Home. Welcome to NorCal Modern Rancher.”

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Show Notes: Walk Through Sequence

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Santa Clara Project Demolition and Plan Changes


Current Project: 600 Square Foot Addition:


The homeowners recently purchased a 1950’s ranch home with 3 beds 2 baths 1,284 sq ft. in Santa Clara. They wanted to add a Master Suite so they can have 2 master suites available as an additional master suite when their in-laws visit.

  • Add a Master Suite
  • Remodel three bathrooms
  • Remodel Kitchen
  • Add Laundry Room
  • Remove old Roof and replace
  • Paint the entire interior and exterior
  • Match existing Stucco to the new
  • Add exterior ledger stone to the exterior wall
  • Change out existing hardwood floor
  • Add two gas insert fireplaces plus new chimney
  • Change all new doors

Current Design Background:

By the time, I was brought on to the project, the floor plan set already. The owners didn’t want to make any further changes because they had been waiting close to a year to start the project.

Hiring Issue: 

The architect who was referral from several coworkers did not provide a full set of plans which delayed the start of the project.  Before the general contractor could move on, the architect failed to complete energy calculations (Title 24) and pull the permits from the city. He claimed that it was not his responsibility but the general contractors.  This delayed the project about three weeks. In my experience working with architects, it is responsibility for all the plans as well as pulling the permits from the city.

Comment from an Interior Designer I work with:

“We are now seeing cheaper architects are not completing the drawings such as plumbing and HVAC and the Title 24 Home Energy Calculations.”

Old Floor Plan:

Existing Floor Plan

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Modern Scandinavian: Palo Alto Remodel Overview

Show Notes:

In this video, we discuss the importance of incorporating the natural beauty of the lot into the home. We’ve created a warm mood through the use of natural tones on the walls, the floors and the tiles, in addition to the proper placement of the windows and lights. In your home, the right floor plan and meticulous interior design will influence your mood and family life. Our goal is to make this influence a positive one.

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Cupertino Whole House Remodel

Whole House Remodel: My client wanted to remodel all their bathrooms, refinish the floors, add recessed lights and paint the interior of the house. This project took about 3 to 4 months to complete. The client moved out for the remodel.

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Barron Project – Before and After Modern Scandinavian

Before: This was a 1930’s cottage in the Barron Park Neighborhood of Palo Alto. The home needed severe work. There was a broken foundation, dry rot and termites were holding hands to support the walls. The original house was 2 bedroom and 1 bath house totaling 900 sq ft of house with a detached garage.

Front - Before
1930’s 2 bedroom 1 bath Cottage. 900 sq. ft. with detached garage

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