This Seriously Impressive $3M Gut Renovation Was Worth Every Penny—Step Inside

Sacha Strebe

Lisa Romerein; DESIGN: Jute Home

We don't tend to play favourites, but there are a few classic interior design styles we will always love above all else. Arched wall openings, exposed beams, marble surfaces, and timber flooring will always sit in our top 10 must-haves of our dream home. Thus, you can imagine our excitement upon seeing this stunning 1920s cottage that has all of the above and more. 

Located in Hillsborough, California, just south of San Francisco, the Spanish bungalow (with four bedrooms and four baths) is a dream come true. But it didn't always look like this. Thanks to Ali Davin of Jute Home and a $3 million gut renovation (which includes an outdoor pool, hardscaping, and furnishings), this 5000-square-foot beauty was transformed into a modern traditional masterpiece.  

While the original structure is a Mediterranean style with low ceilings, arches, and wood beams, there had been subsequent additions over the years that were not. "Our goal was to create a cohesive feel for the property bringing in the original Mediterranean charm to the entire home," Davin tells me. Read on to hear how she did just that along with her biggest challenge. 

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