The owners of this small, 100-year old, Queen Anne style house bought their home when they first married. The 1,100 sq. ft. two-bedroom home sat on a tiny lot in enviable downtown Santa Barbara. Instead of moving to a bigger house in the suburbs once they had children, they decided to stay put so they could enjoy the amenities of downtown living: walking to school, nearby restaurants, movie theaters and parks.
Allen was tasked with modifying the existing attic into two new bedrooms, adding a one-car garage, updating the kitchen, and improving the overall comfort and energy efficiency of the structure. Original oak floors were refinished where they could be and replaced where they couldn’t. All of this was accomplished while maintaining the home’s old world charm and overcoming the challenges of remodeling a century old structure to create a family home that will last for decades.