Home Tour: Grand Spanish Colonial Renovation

See how one man's home remodeling ideas restored his Spanish Colonial to its original splendor while bringing it into the modern era.

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    Spanish Colonial Character

    A thoughtful renovation can restore a classic home to its original elegance even while updating it for today's homeowner. When the renovator of this 1927 Spanish Colonial purchased the house, he had his work cut out for him. A careless remodeling in the 1970s had robbed the home of much of its original charm. But the distinctive character of the exterior--and obvious potential of the interior--made this renovation worth the challenge.

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    Foyer Restoration

    The first order of business involved restoring the foyer, which had been reduced in the earlier remodeling. Removing an upstairs closet and widening a lower-level doorway returned the entry space to its original lofty grandeur. The area's archways, typical of Spanish Colonial style, also were expanded to provide clear sight lines through the house and into the backyard.

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    Living Room Renovation

    In the living room, the entrance from the foyer (not shown) was widened to allow the two spaces to share daylight. The soaring fireplace and existing ceiling beams were kept to preserve the home's original charm, while new furnishings, bamboo shades, and earthy tones were added to update the look.

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    Redecorated Dining Room

    The dining room, which segues from the kitchen to the backyard patio, merely required redecorating. Like the rest of the home, its eclectic style now mingles Spanish Colonial elements with contemporary touches. Light-color rattan chairs, a dark table, an antique icebox, and a hefty iron chandelier imbue the space with texture and style.

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    Kitchen Renovation

    In the kitchen, worn surfaces, outdated styling, and inexpensive appliances once cheapened the look. Out they went, to be replaced by contemporary Euro-style cabinetry, stainless-steel accents, professional-style appliances, and a full complement of modern amenities.

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    Open Breakfast Nook

    Next, the renovator opened an archway between the kitchen and the breakfast nook. Today, a large bay window makes the space even more inviting. A blend of old-world lighting, Art Deco-inspired furniture, and a colorful contemporary painting continue the home's eclectic mix of styles.

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    Reframed Entrances to Family Room

    Before, the family room was an addition accessed only through a small doorway; reframing its entrance tied it into the kitchen, ideal for entertaining purposes. New French doors provide an easy transition between indoors and out. Bamboo blinds, a Moroccan rug, and rustic reds and browns give the room an earthy ambience.

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    Master Bath Renovation

    The master bath, like the kitchen, now exhibits a sleek look. The space features contemporary fixtures, a Japanese soaking tub, and an open shower. Glass mosaic tiles in pearlescent browns and greens mixed with other tiles of varying sizes and sheens add warmth to the streamlined space.

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    Master Bath Vanity

    Despite the sleek features, the master bath maintains an inviting, organic feel thanks to a palette of earth tones. A farmhouse sink provides an unexpected splash of vintage style amid the classic tiles.

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    BEFORE: Main Level Floor Plan

    Prior to this renovation, the home suffered from fragmented spaces that inhibited flow. As a result, it was necessary to make changes to the existing floor plan to restore the original charm. The home's flow opened as walls came down and archways between rooms were enlarged.

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    AFTER: Main Level Floor Plan

    With four bedrooms upstairs, the home didn't need the main-level bedroom and full bath. So the bedroom door was removed, opening the room to the foyer and allowing the space to be converted into a library. Next, the renovator enlarged existing archways to link the kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room. Those changes made better use of the space while improving the main level's room-to-room flow.

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    BEFORE: Upstairs Floor Plan

    The home's previous upstairs floor plan forced traffic down a narrow hallway to the narrow rooms, giving the entire upper level a claustrophobic feel.

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    AFTER: Upstairs Floor Plan

    Reconfiguring two bedrooms, a laundry, and a bath made room for a spacious master suite and vestibule-style landing at the top of the stairs. Every room of the renovated home is now comfortable and architecturally interesting--exactly the result the owner wanted.

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