Name: Raelene and Jose
Location: Miami Beach
Size: 2200 sqft
Biggest Piece of Advice: “Don't gut the original quality stuff in a house and replace it with cheap, trendy stuff. It will cause someone in the future to suffer greatly.”
Favorite Element: “The porch renovation—it meets and greets us every time we enter the house.”
Almost a year since our last house visit, Raelene and Jose are still at it. Since then, Raelene and Jose found time to tackle landscaping (most pleased with a ficus they planted); to expose and stain the beams on the porch; to add curtains to the porch; to fake stain the garage door to match the porch beams; to paint the exterior of the house all by themselves (in one weekend); and to refurbish both bathrooms with appropriately vintage toilets and sinks.
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Their most important purchase was the shutters, and the biggest lesson they learned was to always spring for the extra money to hire a professional tiler.
Their plans for a new terrazzo floor in the living room are both prescient and bittersweet. Upon further review of the original 1936 house plans, they learned that the original floors were terrazzo. Since then, they had been covered with the shiny white tile that Raelene plans to cover once more with terrazzo. So, the living room will eventually have three layers of tile in all!
And the work doesn’t stop there. For Raelene and Jose, the house will become home when the following tasks get off the ‘to do’ list and onto the ‘done’ list. Raelene says there is no timeline for these tasks, but knowing their perseverance and insatiable energy, it probably won’t be long now.
1. Add long rectangular coral rock tiles (largest we can find) on front porch and sidewalk (Separate them so grass grows in between each tile). Make existing step oversized and extend it from bedroom wall to garage wall.
2. Add a deco brushed aluminum front gate at the entryway
3. Hang outdoor pendant lamps from each pair of palm trees
4. Add arbor over garage
5. Add a long, narrow pool in front of the house as an extension from the master bedroom; tear down the wall in the front garden to accommodate pool
1. Frame the 1939 ArtDeco Painting
2. Recessed lighting throughout
3. Terrazzo floors in place of white tile
4. Gut and rebuild kitchen with period elements to match the rest of house
5. Open up Florida room even more with 3 sets of french doors; extend it into an outdoor living area.