Guest House Remodel

When my customers bought an old 30's house in Tjunga, it had a postage stamp of a guest house sitting back on the corner of the lot. It also had an abandoned foundation for a two car garage and shop. The wife wanted to expand the guest house so it could double as her painting studio. Her husband, who does props in the movie business, wanted a two car garage / work shop. There were several special conditions they wanted me to adhere to. The oak trees had to be protected from abuse or damage by one and all on the project. Anybody who lives in southern California is probably aware of the value placed on those trees. Another operating principal - the building had to look, from the outside, like it was built at the same time, with the same materials, as the main house. A challenge for sure.

california oak with the guest house   the guest house and the foundation

Here grows one of several oaks on the property. In the background is the tiny, abandoned guest house. In this next shot you can see part of the shop and garage foundation. Some of that tree's roots were where we wanted to lay our foundations. Rather than cut the roots, we built a concrete grade beam over but not touching the roots so they could continue to grow undisturbed.

original details we have to match   denim insulation was used in this house

Here are some of the details we had to match - the roof tiles, two coat stucco, beams, steel windows. The owners wanted denim insulation - there are no chemicals or airborne fibers to deal with.

shows kitchen back door before porch   another view of the new porch

On the main building we added a new porch. The posts are connected with concealed hardware the engineer designed and I had a welder fabricate. We are using full sized rough sawn lumber posts and beams as well as full sized rough sawn rafters.

this will be the new guest house entry   new entry to the guest house

Here is the new entry to the guest house. We matched the beveled plaster that the main house had surrounding the entry door. All of the steel windows were salvaged from other jobs or purchased at salvage yards. They were reglazed and installed in all of the window openings. The attic vents are made from roof tiles salvaged off 80 year old buildings.

the finished guest house and garage

Here it is, nestled under the spreading oak tree... I think there is a poem in there somewhere.