I love cycling or driving through Sacramento’s neighborhoods, underneath big oaks and sycamore trees. There’s not one architectural style that dominates here but rather a diversity of many styles: from Arts and Crafts, Colonial, and Santa Barbara or Tudor style homes; especially in the Fab Fourties, where every home is uniquely historic. Land Park’s architecture is decidedly less grand, with its Midcentury homes, including many Eichler homes, dotting its quiet streets, while other neighborhoods like Sierra Oaks Vista pay homage to Ranch homes and California’s Spanish influence.
Considering that the residential architecture is anything but basic, it’s no surprise that the interiors match the exteriors in their range of styles. With quirky architecture, full of unexpected lines and actual rooms (remember those?) rather than large open living spaces, these homes have a legacy of working with their bones rather than against it. This isn’t a city that tears down their history; instead they embrace floor plans of a different era. They lean into spaces that are sometimes lacking in natural light and put vintage details in the spotlight. The result is often a moodier space instead of the soaring, bright, white, open rooms we’ve become used to in the design world. We love working with the uniqueness and historical details of these homes. Below are a few inspiration images that highlight some of the considerations we take when working on remodels or furniture and lighting selections in Sacramento or Bay Area homes that have a few years on their back.
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Sacramento’s neighborhoods are lined with old trees and exhibit a great diversity of architectural styles: from Arts and Crafts, Colonial, Mediterranean, to grand Tudor style and Midcentury Modern homes . There’s tremendous history within each of those homes that we like to honor with every remodel we undertake with our clients. Let’s explore some of the unique opportunities this diversity provides us with as designers – along with the challenges that come with it. We hope this post inspires you !