Magazine article Sunset

The Remodeled Remodel

Magazine article Sunset

The Remodeled Remodel

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Not every remodel is a total success. Roughly eight years ago, this little Sacramento farmhouse underwent a front-side remodel that gave the former owners neede floor space but destroyed its charming bunglow character. To restore a bit of the house's original style while creating a new garage and maste suite, designer Brent Smith of Loomis, California, developed the facade you see on the facing page. Current owners Susan and Tim Bloom added a few of their own ideas and did much of the finish work themselves.

Key to the remodel is the new attached two-car garage that ties into the house by repeating the graceful gabled roof line. Adding it eliminated the need for the old garage, which was razed to make room for the master bedroom and bath.

Borrowing from heavily framed Craftsman-era facades, Smith designed an unusual and striking pergola of round wooden poles--used as columns and overhead--to accent and stretch the horizontal plane of the house and better define the entry. He also added a broad, fenced-in entry deck that wraps around one side of the house, and two new gables--one above the existing bay window and one sheltering the front door.

To puntuate the layers of adornment, Smith and the Blooms settled on a bold combination of blue and red stains for the pergola and trim. …

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