1914 Residence

Named for its original date of construction, the remodel of this San Diego Craftsman preserves the essence of the original structure, yet increases functionality and enjoyment of the house. A modest expansion was added at the kitchen along with a new back porch. The interior was selectively gutted – converting individual rooms to an open plan that flows from one space to the next. Original wood floors and coffered ceilings were maintained and restored. New materials include a troweled concrete floor finish, custom milled soapstone countertop with integral sinks, exposed wood and custom casework. New windows and doors were designed to complement the originals. The front porch was overhauled as well: a poorly executed trellis cover was removed and a new concrete slab addressed waterproofing failures at the deck surface. Original hardware, interior doors and other small pieces of the original house were restored, reused and repurposed throughout.

From the homeowner:
“After a lifetime of dreams of creating my own home one day, I had no idea where to begin to remodel my childhood home. I didn’t know if the nearly 100-year-old structure would be able to survive. I also needed help to navigate the City Permit Process, which contractor to select, and how to meet my budget requirements.

JLC Architecture emphasized the process of creating the plans and then interpreted my vision to achieve a set of prints to take to the City. JLC was invaluable for this step of the process because of their experience and knowledge of the City requirements. Once the plans had been approved, we received bids from three contractors and JLC Architecture was helpful in identifying the requirements necessary to select a contractor to meet quality building standards and definite budget requirements to complete the project. After nine months, Southwest Construction finished on time and on budget for the requirements outlined. The quality of work was excellent through every step of the process and my comfort and peace of mind was reinforced by JLC Architecture when new territories of the process unfolded. It was a great adventure!”
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