408 Richmond Avenue
1926 Arts and Craft Bungalow

In the spring of 2003, while looking for their first home, the David and Shannon came across this beautiful jewel in the rough, a 1926 Arts and Crafts Revival that had not been modified in nearly 70 years. David being a contractor and Shannon being a professional decorative painter, they saw great potential in this quaint charmer.

The home is a two-bedroom, one bath, 1090 square foot structure and it has been an on-going project since they moved in. They remodeled the bath from floor to ceiling with Italian hand-troweled plaster walls, custom clay brick-fired tile in the shower, chardonnay limestone floors, and a salvaged 1930 railroad sink with Lucite legs. Nearly all the lath and plaster was removed, the walls insulated, and new drywall installed with an old-world texture.

Custom-ordered Marvin windows have the charm and character of the originals. The original white oak floors were black with wear. After three days of sanding they are vibrant again. David and Shannon also removed the floor heater and installed central heating, replaced the old dirt driveway with stamped concrete, extended the roofline, and installed a new porch. Finally, the exterior got a new color.