EXCEPTIONAL URBAN HOMES
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”
Truly one of our most amazing transformations! This property consisted of two century-old farmhouses located only one mile from downtown in a prime area known as old Southwest Reno. Both homes were in serious shape and everyone involved (except us) thought they should be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. Well, that is simply not our way, and the project was on. We found newspapers in the walls dating back to the early 1900's, old bottles from the same era and photographs of Italian immigrants who once owned the land. Remember, at that time the Truckee Meadows was all ranch and farm land.
The original farmhouse measures only 160 square feet and was literally falling down before we resurrected it and restored it to glory. It now has beautiful travertine stone throughout, full size bathroom, a mini- kitchenette and updated insulation and energy efficient windows. We installed an enclosed front deck for outdoor enjoyment.
The second farmhouse is larger at 450 square feet and we again added all new energy efficient windows, appliances and upgraded all insulation (anything would be an upgrade from the newspapers that were used in the early 1900's!). The kitchen and bathroom boast all new espresso finish cabinetry, mosaic tile, nice lighting and modern brushed nickel finished faucets. On the exterior we added a nice front porch, picket fence and entrance arbor.
The two homes share a common area which we landscaped with existing river rock and drought tolerant plant material. We removed several dead or dying Chinese Elm trees, yet cut the trunks into rounds which were reused as planters. An existing storage shed was repurposed as a potting shed.
At the completion of this project our insurance agent wanted to reinspect the property because he was leary about insuring such a dilapidated mess. Turns out he didn't recognize them and drove right by....
the front house before
the rear house before