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1895 Victorian reimagined into light-filled modern home in California

victorian exterior

This stunning 1890s Victorian renovation project was historically preserved by Ken Linsteadt Architects, located in Larkspur, a city in Marin County, California. The architects wished to respect and preserve the history of this old traditional style home, which called for a series of skillful moves both inside and out.

Due to its historic designation in Larkspur, the front facade of the house couldn’t be touched, but a top to bottom renovation inside not only captured new space for the children’s bedrooms and master suite from the unfinished basement and attic but also created an expansive living area on the main floor, which now flows seamlessly from the house out to the pool terrace and garden.

traditional living room

Above: A bi-fold glass wall in the family room creates an indoor-outdoor connection to a brand new deck, while offering easy access to the backyard. The family room replaced what was once the master bedroom.

traditional kitchen

Above: French doors in the kitchen opens out to the expansive outdoor deck, offering additional space for entertaining. The kitchen was more closed off prior to the remodel. The design team tore down a wall that was the dining and kitchen area to create space for a central island and bay-window breakfast nook. A custom hood above the range was fabricated out of unfinished oak boards.

traditional kitchen

What We Love: This stunning Victorian home was preserved to showcase it’s brilliant personality and charm. Featuring painted white boards on the walls, salvaged oak floors, and a mix of contemporary and antique light fixtures, this home offers a refreshing line between traditional and modern… Readers, what do you think of the re-design of this Victorian home, anything you would have done differently? Please let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our most favorite home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Ken Linsteadt Architects: French country inspired farmhouse in California: Stone Maison and Chic modern farmhouse style in Mill Valley, California.

traditional breakfast nook

Above: The homeowners like to entertain, especially during the summer months. To meet their lifestyle needs, they requested to have more open family living spaces and an indoor-outdoor connection. The family enjoys spending most of their time in the kitchen’s light-filled breakfast nook. This space features large windows overlooking the deck, while framing views of nearby Mount Tamalpais.

traditional hallway

Above: The architect widened the archways along the main hallway to allow more light to penetrate the living and dining areas.

traditional dining room

Above: The original fireplace was preserved, while built-in bookshelves and cabinets were added for accessories and storage.

traditional staircase

Above: Prior to the remodel, the upper floor was only accessible from a drop-down ladder in the ceiling. To connect the newly revitalized attic and preserve the home’s Victorian style, the architect designed a curving staircase that leads up to the master suite and down to a new lower level.

traditional bedroom

Above: The attic space was transformed into a spacious master bedroom suite, which included two walk-in closets. High-pitched ceilings in both the bedroom and bathroom were finished with the same white-painted boards as the lower level.

traditional bathroom

Above: The master bathroom features rustic siding and an old-fashioned soaking tub, a nod to the home’s historical past. The windows above the tub perfectly frame majestic views of Mount Tamalpais.

traditional staircase

traditional exterior

Above: What was once a driveway was replaced with a spacious swimming pool and patio for family entertainment. The garage was turned into a recreation area for the homeowner’s two sons. The area spills out onto the patio through a beach-inspired mudroom.

Photos: Matthew Millman

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