California Remodel: Part 1

In a quaint and quiet neighborhood right outside of Orange County, California a 100-year old gem of a home rests. Our clients purchased the property from a real estate company who had plans to tear it down and build two homes on the existing lot. The real estate company simply saw it as a structure, but our clients set their sites on this home for a future place to raise their growing family and create wonderful memories.  When we say everything happens for a reason, we really do mean it!

After lots of hard work, papers were signed and our clients bought the property. Watts Architects boarded a plane in December 2014 and thus the project began! Now with only 9 months behind us,  numerous site visits, lots of hard work from our clients, and many, many, dumpsters full of garbage, the transformations are already incredible! (The yummy lunches provided by our clients on site visits helped too…just another perk of working for such great people!)

We’re thrilled to be working on this restoration and helping to restore a little piece of history…We will be updating our readers on this amazing transformation. Right now, we are in the process of submitting a full set of plans to the city. Pictures below are from our very first site visit in December.


           The arches are one of our favorite parts about the property. They encompass the Spanish style so well.


The home has incredible floor patterns that we are hoping to preserve.





Mapping out the new driveway location.

front yard 1

The property is full of luscious and large trees that offer privacy and great sound barriers.

garage doors 2

The existing garage will be the home to the new master suite.

backyard 1

back door

Way back when, this was the front door but after changes in a road behind the home, it has now become the back door. The courtyard “curved wall” shown

below will be the new entrance into the home.

curved wall 2

The curved wall leads into the most magical courtyard….A true testament of the Spanish style. We have great plans for the courtyard!

family room fireplace

courtyard exterior curve wall

Stay tuned for more updates…we can hardly stand it!

-Watts Architects