We have 2 great projects this Winter in the South Bay area of San Diego. These 2 projects in Chula Vista and Imperial Beach are within 7 miles of each other, so we should be able to stagger the subcontractors and do them both back-to-back. While the architecture is completely different on each, I’ve come up with some designs that I think will be a hit.
House #1 will start within a few weeks in Chula Vista which is currently a 5 bedroom, 2 bath 1,600 s.f. We’ll combine the smaller existing 2 bedrooms over the garage to create a large private master suite upstairs. Downstairs are the other 3 bedrooms, hall bath and a giant open concept living/dining room and kitchen area with a set of 10 foot sliders out to the back yard. This house sits on a bluff and catches the westerly ocean breezes and has peek ocean and bay views. The street is great with all nice pride of ownership homes around.
We bought this property directly from the original owners and its probably the last house on this block that hasn’t received a big remodel so I’m really looking forward to the transformation. Here is a before and after of my Coastal Craftsman Design. Its amazing that with just a few very small changes like the shutters, pergola above the garage door, 4 knee braces at the eaves, and the new colors we see such a dramatic change. The grey body and bright white trim I think look good and do not conflict with any of the neighboring houses. The white garage door will complete the new-house look.
House #2 is a great Mid Century 3/2 1,265 s.f. with a 2 Car Garage in the very popular “Seaside Point” Neighborhood of Imperial Beach. It is only 1 block to the Estuary and Imperial Beach is seeing a tremendous amount of redevelopment lately. It’s come a long way from the funky beach town we knew in the 80’s.
There are mega shopping centers, a coastal rezoning plan, and tons of infill new construction going on along with the new Bikeway Village Project. This property has a great floor plan already with vaulted ceilings, low sloping roof line, and an open concept kitchen. The master bathroom is already ensuite so this project will just get a heavy cosmetic/redesign makeover. It was an obvious decision to take this project into more of a modern direction. Check out this before and after of the house flip below.
The house next door to this property already has a grey color scheme, so as not to compete with it I am going all white and clean with some warm horizontal wood accents on the fence and garage face. The bathroom windows will get changed to Awning style windows and I am using my favorite Teal color for an accent pop on the front door.
There is already a lot of modern stuff in Imperial Beach so this will work well. This project is very similar in design to the Clairemont Flip we did this summer. I am very excited at both of these upcoming projects and to be able to roll into 2018 with some momentum. Stay tuned for some updates as we get started in a few weeks on the first house!
Tom you have some serious talent. I cant wait to watch these get done!
You do great on curb appeal, which most don’t realize is so important. Great job, it’s beautiful!
Thank you. These are architectural renderings of how the project will hopefully look.
I wish someone would design something besides stucco boxes.
What great vision! You have a serious talent for turning these stucco boxes into something anyone would be happy to call home. I found your site from a home renovation blog we read. It’s really amazing to see the difference in the before and afters. Keep up the great work Tom!
Wow! You are really doing it right! I like the comment about stucco box, its really accurate for what we mostly see in Southern California. Back East, homes have a lot more architectural detail. I am glad to have eye for the small details to turn what most see as a “stucco box” into a place someone is proud to call home. keep up the good work and please do one on my street!
Thank you for the comments very much and glad you enjoy my work!
Thank you, yes nothing more boring than a big stucco box. Glad you enjoy the transformation to something very special!