Interview with Mint Condition Homes Founder Mila Ziehlka

Interview with Mint Condition Homes Founder Mila Ziehlka

Cambria Bold
Jan 12, 2011

Back in November Rachel introduced us to renovation and real estate company Mint Condition Homes, who do amazing work restoring vintage bank-owned properties into beautiful, eco-friendly homes. Founder Mila Ziehlka took CasaSugar through a recently renovated home and elaborated on all the changes, and it's an interesting look at the process that goes into retrofitting and renovating an old home!

As Mila tells CasaSugar, this Oakland, CA home badly needed a new foundation, a new electrical service, all new plumbing, new windows, and a totally revamped kitchen and bathroom. The fully renovated home (which went on the market for $360,000) includes the following:

  • White subway tiles, a dual-flush toilet, and penny round tiles in the bathroom
  • Energy-efficient windows and a warm paint color palette from Yolo Colorhouse
  • Restored original built-in cabinetry
  • Refinished original oak floors in the dining room, cork flooring in the kitchen, Marmoleum in the laundry room, and bamboo in the room addition.
  • Bamboo butcher block kitchen counters
  • New insulation in open walls and around pipes and ductwork
  • Energy Star kitchen appliances
  • Water efficient laundry machines
  • Efficient central heating system
  • On-demand tankless water heater
  • Occupancy sensors on all lighting

And Mila's favorite part of the house?

I love that we found ways of incorporating bold colors and modern materials while working with the original building era of the house, but to be totally honest, it's not so much any particular house but the act of transforming houses itself that is invigorating. I'm filled with such hope when I have in my hands an abandoned and discarded building and we are able to give it new life. I sometimes think of the houses as little marzipan wedding cakes - a new family will enjoy them as we get to wish them long life and happiness!

Read more about this house and see the full photo slideshow at CasaSugar.

(Images: Amy Perl via CasaSugar)

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