2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, charming kitchen, new stack washer/dryer, walk-in closet, flower gardens, 6-foot privacy fence, garage, 2-car carport . . . and a porch swing.
This little gem of a bungalow is located in historic Kenwood. Minutes away from downtown St. Petersburg, Kenwood is a community rich in history, rich in artists and rich in bungalows.
We found this especially appealing one and set our crew to work, restoring it to its original charm. And then some.
The new exterior color scheme that the owner selected gives the bungalow a whimsical, doll house quality. A charming reversal of how it used to look.
We always search for homes that history has been kind to. And even though many of these homes were kit houses brought in by train, there seems to be a certain quality level in them. We run from homes that previous owners have destroyed with tacky fads and do-it-yourself projects.
On this home the brick work on the outside chimney and porch piers impressed us as well as the brick detail on the fireplace and the mosaic hearth. Someone got creative here.
Finding original heart of pine flooring and 5” wood trim base around the floors is another plus.
Speaking of the floors, we just refinished them. Without furniture, it almost looks like a gymnasium.
Original divided light windows flank the arts and crafts style front door. An arch leads to the dining room with a cozy cedar lined window seat.
Most bungalows of this size have only one bathroom. We added a second one, with a white Carrara marble look.
Most have the washer and dryer in the garage. We tucked it away, off the kitchen. Most bungalows have the ubiquitous tiny closet. We added a walk-in closet off the master. All this without changing the home's character.
Like blue? We combined sapphire blue walls with the existing crisp white ceiling height cabinets, a soft yellow inside and the existing tile counter with a blue floral ceramic edge. The crowning touch is the cobalt glass knobs that the owner spotted at an estate sale.
The Jane Ann is named after the landscaper’s mother. And to honor her mother, she put her heart into the design of the yard and garden. Lots of color, lots of flowers, lots of privacy.
Since we believe the outside should be as nice as the inside, we’ve created relaxation zones. Enjoy a glass of wine on the traditional front porch or watch butterflies from the back deck off the kitchen and the back terrace.