The Cape Cod style home, built in 1947, stood out among the neighboring 1950’s era ranch homes. We I fell in love. My husband wasn’t so sure. (He came around.)
From the moment I laid eyes on the house I had a clear vision of what it could and should be. No major expansion that would detract from its cottage charm. We focused on updating, correcting past renovations gone wrong, and maximizing the existing space to highlight its unique charm and character. We did add 600 sq ft, including an expanded master bath, large walk-in closet, pantry, laundry and coat closets, and much needed 2-car garage.
We were fortunate to inherit a shopping bag full of the home’s original blueprints (actually blue!) as well as several sets of prints for renovations completed and others not. What fun to see the home in its various iterations unfolding over 60+ years as well as a second-floor expansion that didn’t materialize.
Toward the end of the renovation, I discovered the blogosphere and connected with the very talented Mary Ann Pickett of Classic * Casual * Home Mary Ann’s Newport Beach area home was featured in BH&G magazine in May 2014. Read all about it here .
With Mary Ann’s expert guidance we updated our living room and master bedroom. Mary Ann featured Norlyn Cottage on her blog several times over the course of our projects. You can see her posts here, here, here, here and here.
We sold Norlyn Cottage in 2015 with mixed emotions. We adored the house and our stylish town, but it was time to move on to the next chapter in our lives. A beautiful, young couple purchased Norlyn Cottage. Newlyweds, living in the City, anxious to move to the ‘burbs and start their family. They welcomed a baby boy within the year.
As we closed the front door for very the last time we felt proud of what we’d accomplished. This charming home had realized its full potential and would create a warm and welcoming environment for it’s new and growing family. The Cottage is in good hands.
Norlyn Cottage Project Oversight:
Norlyn Cottage Design Team:
Architect: Steve Grote, Danville, CA
General Contractor: C2 Construction, Danville, CA
Pool Contractor: Swan Pools, Walnut Creek, CA
Pool Project Manager: Tom Rossoni, Walnut Creek, CA
Landscape Design: Enchanting Planting, Orinda, CA
Landscape Maintenance: Hector Garcia, Bay Point, CA
Real Estate broker: Dana Green
Designer: Mary Ann Pickett