host Nicole Curtis is giving a crumbling turn-of-the-century bungalow a second chance to be the cute and cozy home it once was before the city has it torn down. EXTERIOR, BEFORE: This 1923 bungalow was abandoned and neglected, but it had potential to be restored with a few repairs.For starters, the front stairs had sunk and were pulling away from the house and a huge whole in the roof flooded the kitchen every time it rained.Dozens of plan books between 19 promoted “artistic bungalows.” Only later, with the ascendancy of a middle-class Colonial Revival, did Arts & Crafts ideals lose favor; eventually, “bungalow” become a derogatory label.The bungalow as a house form has close ties to the Arts & Crafts movement—and an even stronger affinity today, as thousands of bungalows, some quite modest, are snatched up to be interpreted in a manner that’s often beyond the tastes and budgets of the original owners.The A&C bungalow follows an informal aesthetic; it is a house without strong allusions to formal English or classical precedents.
From this point on, with limited funds, the renovation was drip fed by our earnings and was to continue for the next two years on-and-off, including the installation of five skylights, the creation of bespoke cabinetry throughout the property, and final finishes such as oak and American walnut internal cladding, brushed steel door furniture and a hardwood door and exterior cladding to match.
The old radiator system was removed in exchange for a modern heating and cooling system, but the radiator covers were upcycled to create unqiue old-school window seats in the living and dining rooms.
MASTER SUITE, BEFORE: The previous owner started converting the attic into a bedroom but never finished the job.
EXTERIOR, AFTER: The facade is brighter and more defined with tan fascia boards that are dark brown underneath and white trim around the windows.
Along with some general landscaping, the stairs were torn out and replaced to complete this home's front yard.