I've always been a huge fan of Spanish Mediterranean/Spanish Revival houses -- and California is particularly chock full of them. Our new house, like many in the Bay Area, was built in the 20s and combines some Spanish features, like the parapet walls and arched entryway, with a Craftsman layout and interior detailing.
(For safety, this real estate drawing is as much as I'll ever show of the exterior of our house.)
Here are some of my favorite features in our new, old house. Hope you'll excuse my poor quality iphone photos.
Our front French door is original to the house. Normally, having a front door one can see through might bother me in terms of privacy, but it looks onto an entry wall with a built-in arched niche.
The rest of the kitchen was put in later, and while I don't love it, especially the tiled counters, it is definitely something I can live with for awhile. It will be fun to work with what I have. Will show more photos of that space later.
I hope this post illustrates why I fell in love with the house. At a mere 1012 square feet (for our family of four!), it will definitely have its challenges and I'll show some of those in upcoming posts -- wait until you see the closets. But in my mind, all the charming features (and the neighborhood and great schools) make up for what's lacking. And, I'm actually really looking forward to the challenge of small space planning!
We move next Monday. Wish us luck.
To those of you in the U.S., hope you have a nice Thanksgiving holiday! See you on the other side of Black Friday.