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The current state of the George Barney Residence represents an excellent example of sensitive remodeling combined with historic preservation and restoration. A succession of past owners had significantly altered portions of the home, including installing new bathrooms, enclosing porches and covering the original exterior sand- textured plaster with newer, heavier and inappropriate “Spanish lace” style stucco. Years of deferred maintenance then took their toll. However, after purchasing the house in poor condition several years ago, the current owners undertook a major project to preserve and bring back as many of the historic features as practicable. Saving as much of the original building fabric as possible, the contractor, for example, reused the glass from upstairs rotted windows in new built-in cabinetry in the downstairs office.


Fortunately, the breathtakingly beautiful redwood interior of the living room, entry foyer and dining room, as well as the brick fireplace and red birch floors have all survived. On the exterior, in addition to restoring the walls to their original stucco finish, new wood windows were recreated on the second story to match the originals, as were the wood trellises on both the upper and lower patios. Most of the original windows on the first level could be retained and restored. The front entrance was reconfigured to the south wall of the entry foyer with the new French doors reflecting the same design, construction and materials as the originals, as do new doors found throughout the home. The floor plan of the first level remains intact, with the rooms in the rear portion repurposed. The floor plan upstairs has also been altered. While many contemporary elements have been incorporated, it is obvious that the recent restoration has been executed with extreme care, employing the best craftsmanship and materials available to honor the unique character of this well-built historic residence.


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