About a year ago, a long-time resident of our Del Ray street passed away. Her home, which sat vacant for a time, was eventually purchased by a local developer intent on renovating and reselling the property.
While the house was certainly in need of updating, there were some nervous homeowners on the block as that first trash dumpster rolled into view.
Guessing what would become of the little green bungalow became a hot topic. Would the home be huge? Would it still blend into our lovely streetscape?
As it turned out, the developers did an admirable job of sticking to a mostly bungalow aesthetic. Yes, they added a second story but they did so tastefully and within what most residents would say is moderation. They managed to update and expand the home without enlarging its footprint. In fact, the home, just completed this month, is already under contract with a buyer.
Balancing the need for updated homes—that reflect how individuals and families live today—with an eye toward maintaining a home’s inherent character can be a huge challenge in a neighborhood such as Del Ray.
The question remains, how big is too big? Do you cringe when you see construction start up on a nearby house? Or, do you welcome the updates to neighboring properties? Have you renovated your home to greatly increase the square footage? How did you balance size with style? Tell us in the comments section.