We sold this home August 2016 - after living here 10 years... it was a tough decission. So many memories, and such great neighbors. But we have moved to Austin Tx... and soon I will update this page with our new house. (When we get it finished) It is a work in progress and has been for 2 years.
I will leave our old home on here though, for those interested.
We bought and remodeled our home in 2007. It is on a wonderful lot were there are 8 Citrus trees, 3 peach, 2 plum, 1 pear, 1 Mango, 2 Pecan, 3 Avocado trees, nectarines, grapefruit, pomello, as well as a large area for raised bed gardening, all under drip irrigation with self timers. We just picked 5 gallons of blackberries, too.
The Rear View (above - in 2009) : The room with the tall windows is my studio, but it can be a family room as well 14x23. There is a "sun room" to the left that we use as a workout room 13x13, and a large walk-in closet is off this sunroom. This part of the house (with the steep pitch roof was a 700sq ft ad-on in 2007. Those palm trees you see are now 25 feet tall, as well as those two cypress trees. the Red oak shades the whole patio now, too, as well as the main part of the house.
here are more recent photos from the back yard:
So enough of the outside....
The above and right views show the area where we did a total gut and remodel. We took out the 8 foot ceiling and went up to ten feet in the living room and kitchen. The warm greens and chocolate oak floors make for an extreemly moody and cozy room. Large crown moulding, custom trim, dark stained cabinets and columns all make this one of the most "yummy" rooms you'll enter anywhere. Three - 4x8 windows let alot of light in and let you look out to the patio outside. (below) There are ceiling fans and recessed lighting throughout the home.
All three of the bedrooms have wonderful moods as well. Crown moulding is throughout the house, as well as the dark scraped oak glue down wood floors. The Kitchen and Laundry has 18" traverine unfilled tile, that gives the old-stone tumbled marble look.
Both baths have been redone and are lovely. The hall bath is a double space in warm tones with white tile, and dark rich cabinets.
The master bath on the left was a small space so we totally gutted it and added a new bathroom. This little space became my closet. Now it looks like this:
This is the new Master Bath with a walk in shower. The panoramic photo makes it look distorted a bit.
We designed the kitchen to look like an old world Tuscan Castle cooking room. The oversized vent hood was painted like a work of art to look like the tumble travertine marble backsplash. It has been "smoked" as well to look like it has been used for centuries. There are all new stainless appliances and peacock black and green granite with tiny brilliant royal blue flakes in it. Wonderfull! There is a sink in the island. Tortoise shell drop down lights add to the ambiance.
This cozy breakfast room is off the kitchen and has a tuscan plaster finish which is unrivaled in it's realizm. The dining area to the right is open to the living room and kitchen giving you a grand space to live in.
The front of the house is unassuming with a lot of shade provide by a huge Elm Tree, a magnolia, Live oak and pecan.
The Studio/Family room is my favorite room in the house and where we "hang out". It is the addition we did in 2007 and we were after the Fredericksburg Rock house look. My oldest son and I did a rock texture and faux finish that fools everyone who enters the room. The bead and board ceiling is antiqued dark green, with cedar beams. The large windows can be covered with heavy chocolate drapes to darken the room. Thru the door on the right is the workout room / Sun room and a large closet. (see photo below) A second A/C unit was added for this new addition.
There is a pull down ladder in this room that goes up into an air conditioned attick space over the old part of the house, where we have a theatre room for kids... stadium seating, pillows, rope lights, and a big screen tv for their XBOX as well. The young ones really love this spot.
The artistic touches bring the level of ambience up to a soul stirring level that cause you feel at home - like we've been here for 100 years. Very Inspiring