This surf house in Santa Cruz was a classic Monet: "From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess" - Cher from Clueless. From the photos you'd think it's not much work and a quick renovation, but up close and in person, all the details were dated and wrong. The shortlist of issues included:
- heavily spackled texture on all wall and ceiling surfaces
- yellowed red oak floors and wall to wall carpeting
- no direct access to the backyard
- original 1970s kitchen with tile countertops
- tiny, dark bedrooms
However, there was also a lot to love: the big windows on the facade, the multiple decks, and proximity to one of the best surf breaks in Northern California. Purchased as a vacation home, the owner had several requirements for the renovation:
- Maximize functionality and comfort of indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Appeal to both masculine and feminine tastes.
- Stand up to the wear and tear of vacation renters.
- Capture the feel of a modern surf house.
What will follow is the transformation of said 1970s surf house into the modern-day.