This 112-Year-Old Home’s Remodel Went in an Unexpected Direction

published Mar 8, 2024

This 112-Year-Old Home’s Remodel Went in an Unexpected Direction

published Mar 8, 2024
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When the homeowner bought this 112-year-old house in Ross, California, for himself and his two kids, he hired Fischer Architecture, who he had worked with before on other projects, to help redesign the space.

An earlier renovation of this house before the current homeowner purchased it had actually covered up the home’s original old growth redwood paneling and in general made a confusing layout. Fischer Architecture and the homeowner’s aims were to not only reveal the home’s beautiful original charm, but also make it a better fit for the family. They tackled the goal in two different phases.

“An initial, pre-pandemic architectural renovation phase by Fischer Architecture targeted the informal living spaces — the kitchen, family room, powder room, and primary suite — to allow for practical family flow, and excluded rooms that were ‘fine for now’,” explains Kerstin Fischer of Fischer Architecture. “During this first phase, the kitchen was completely reimagined,” Fischer explains of the room that now “flows into a family room space that had originally been occupied by a small home office and a large bathroom.” 

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The primary bedroom also got a little work in the first round, including custom wardrobes and “creating an efficient, spacious-feeling bathroom within a tight footprint,” Fischer writes.  

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Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? What’s unique about this home is the way in which the historic restoration feels perfectly suited for this very modern family.

The reno’s first phase worked just right for the homeowner and his kids, but after about three years of working remotely and social distancing, Fischer says that “it was apparent that the home was missing a certain comfort and ease in its interior design. The house wasn’t feeling quite right in its attempt to merge the heritage of this rustic home with the owner’s usual contemporary aesthetic. In short, the owner found himself missing a true ‘at home’ feeling for himself and his children.” 

“The goal for phase two was to uplift the home with coziness and stylistic warmth,” Fischer continues. “The charming integrity of the phase one floor plan was maintained, while the design palette was expanded to include intentionally rich colors, playful fabric textures, and a mixture of vintage pieces and original artworks. With an emphasis on achieving light balance, the restoration of the redwood ceiling in the living room became a key factor in bridging the gap between function and refinement such that this home merits.”



  • C2 paint “Luna”
  • C2 paint “Baritone”







Thanks, Kerstin, Fischer Architecture, and the homeowner!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.