3309 Tullamore Road (1994)


Two towering pines overhang this deceptively diminutive looking craftsman style bungalow. Built in 1923 at an estimated cost of $8000 on a 40-foot by 120-foot lot, the building's minimal brick exterior is subtly balanced by a raised front garden.


The home's present owners have substantially altered and embellished the five bedroom interior to create a space that showcases their artistic sensibilities. Walls and surfaces throughout the home have been meticulously faux painted, creating very delicate and elegant effects. In addition, the owners, who are stained glass artists, have incorporated some of their work into their home.


Downstairs, the owners removed walls and combined several rooms in creating their functional newly renovated kitchen. The home's living and dining areas have been reversed. The remarkable faux marble fireplace in the dining area is the owner's handiwork, and is gracefully off-set by contemporary furniture. The use of track lighting throughout highlights the textural quality of the walls and extends the space. A tall mirror utilized in the downstairs bath functions in a similar way to create a feeling of expanded space.


The focal point of the upstairs is the small bathroom with its extraordinary faux vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass window. The family room/study contains a marvelous collection of handpainted boxes created by one of the owners. This house is an example of how a basic house can be transformed into something quite singular.