Mira Monte Residence

Mira Monte Residence

Craftsman Style Home Renovation


When our clients first approached HartmanBaldwin for this project, they had already undergone various minor remodels and were ready to take the next step in creating the home they had always envisioned for their family. Their initial experience with another architect was not ideal, so they wanted a full-service firm that would keep their wants and needs in mind throughout the entire process for their Craftsman home renovation.


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Craftsman Home Renovation Details


Another major aspect of the Craftsman style home renovation included an extensive kitchen remodel. The 1950’s kitchen, while still functional, was dated and disconnected from the style of the home and the main living area. Our clients wanted a bright and airy space to enjoy with family and friends. The entire existing kitchen was gutted and expanded by 186 square feet in order to accommodate a new family room. The new steel French Doors and windows have a “gun metal” or burnished “bronze” live finish to complement the other accessories found within the kitchen. Not only do they flood the space with natural light but also frame incredible city views over the tops of lush green surroundings. The new Taj Majal Quartzite stone countertop from Brazil resembles Italian Calacatta marble in appearance, but it is much harder and more durable since it does not have the scratching and etching issues of marble. The combination of cherry cabinetry and a unique handmade Motawi Tile backsplash in a dazzling pear matte color, vividly completes the home’s Craftsman aesthetic. It is bright and dynamic, while still appearing tastefully in line with its classic style.


The new family room is now a convenient and comfortable space that is close to the kitchen and north entry’s elegant mudroom. The new windows take full advantage of the beautiful backyard views.


The large windows along the kitchen and family room allow natural light to illuminate the home’s interior. The large glass doors open the kitchen directly to the outside deck, expanding the entertainment space of the home, which was conveniently naturally shaded by an existing Coast Live Oak Tree. It was important to them and to us that the tree was protected during this extensive remodel. With the help of an arborist, we carefully cut parts of the tree to maintain it while creating enough room for the remodel.


One aspect of the Craftsman style home renovation was to create better access to the second story of the home. To do so, the wall between the kitchen and dining room was demolished to accommodate the relocated staircase and a new closet. New light fixtures, from Hubbardton Forge, at the staircase and gallery tie in the beautiful Craftsman details with their delicate features of thin bands of steel and ivory art glass. Similarly, the Arroyo Craftsman Pendants give a dramatic flair to the stairs as you make your way up to the second floor.





Kitchen, Dining Room & Mudroom Remodel, Family Room Expansion, and Relocation of the Staircase




2,795 Sq. Ft. (Includes the Family Room expansion)