When designer and listing agent Greg Markov and his design partner, Joel Contreras, were looking for a new project, they had a specific idea in mind.
“We weren’t looking for a cherry property. We wanted to find something in a historic district we could modernize without losing the character,” says Markov.
They found it in a crumbling, red-brick bungalow with “good bones.” It was the perfect property to execute their “historic meets modern” concept, he says.
The original home was “stripped down to the original floors and three walls,” Markov says. They teamed up with local architect Jonah Busick of Foundry12, and Busick’s team created an 800-square-foot addition made of steel, glass, and concrete.
The result is a fascinating hybrid of historic charm in the front and modern design in the back.
The front of the home features exposed brick walls, a tongue-and-groove pine ceiling, and a classic brick fireplace.
The two bedrooms and bathroom in the front of the home are divided from the living space by a wall of Moroccan tiles. When closed, the sliding doors to the bedrooms are hidden in the tiles.
The home’s addition includes the kitchen, a living room, and the master suite. The modern kitchen has walnut cabinets, Carrara marble counters, and Thermador appliances.
The Moroccan tile pattern continues in the master suite and gives the home symmetry. The master suite features floor-to-ceiling windows that blend seamlessly with a private outdoor space. The new living room in the back of the home has French doors leading to a second patio space.
They also transformed an original carriage house at the back of the property line into a guesthouse, offering an extra bedroom and bathroom. It is a welcoming retreat any visitor would love, but it almost didn’t make the cut.
“The carriage house was in really, really bad shape. We asked the historic preservation society if we could tear it down, but it was original to the house. So we gutted it, reinforced the original walls, and insulated the building with spray foam,” Markov says.
We’re glad it stayed.
This modern-historical mashup fits perfectly in the Coronado neighborhood, which features many older homes and is an up-and-coming area with plenty to see and do.
The property was featured as a Dwell Home of the Week and has received plenty of attention. Soon, this little unassuming bungalow will find a new owner who loves it as much as the design team does.
“We put our soul into this place,” Markov says.