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Victorian Home Built in 1903 Gets a 21st Century Makeover

May. 1st, 2012 | Comments 5 | Make a Comment   
Baylor Street House
Photo Courtesy of Mell Lawrence Architects
From the creative genius of Mell Lawrence Architects comes this remodeling of The Baylor Street House, a Victorian home built in 1903. The age of the house provided a challenge for the design team who aimed to modernize the building. Some of the projects at The Baylor Street House included converting the attic into a master bedroom, adding a sky light, updating the kitchen appliances and building space for a fireplace, island, and banquette as well as revamping the back porch and installing galvanized steel windows.

Mell Lawrence Architects was established in 1991. The firm specializes in residential and small, commercial buildings and their work can be found across the country. Mell Lawrence has won numerous design and architectural awards and has been published in over 50 well-reputed books and magazines. In 2001 Mell Lawrence won “Firm of the Year” from the Austin AIA for their continual demonstration of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

Last year the firm was awarded at the 25th annual AIA Homes Tour for their work on The Baylor Street House. In addition to the transformed attic and the other projects that made the Victorian era home a perfect blend of both the historic and the contemporary, the design team also built a free-standing garage with an overhead apartment. Complete with tall, alley-facing windows on the Southern side of the apartment, the garage serves as both a guest house and separate storage facility.

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5 Comments on this Article

RichTeez commented on May 23, 2012

The floor is gorgeous. Love the ivy detail. not sure about the totally mod interior. Some original detail is always good if the house has good bones

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Sara Cardoza commented on May 7, 2012

It's right outside San Francisco in the St. Rose Historic District of Santa Rosa.

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BAC64 commented on May 3, 2012

Oh God the space is incredible the light is great and it looks so peacefull and quiet! kind of a dream house isn't it?

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Carol commented on May 2, 2012

It is beautiful, but I would like to know what city it is in. Victorian makes me think SF. Is it?

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CoLoR349 commented on May 1, 2012

This is an absolutely Beautiful home. I especially love the red in the kitchen area.

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