Architect Stephen Barasch kept the exterior of his home in a 'Happy Days' time frame while progressively modernizing the interior
The San Luis Obispo home of Stephen
and Janine Barasch has a split personality: one for the public eye, and one kept discreetly out of view.
Stephen is an architect with a yen for contemporary designs.
Stephen was architect and owner/builder for an extensive renovation that added, among other features, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a new gourmet kitchen and a second level.
It also added 1,700 square feet to the existing 1,400 square feet.
In deference to its history and prominent spot in the neighborhood, Stephen
kept the roof forms and part of the footprint of the old building.
From the street, it displays a rather traditional demeanor.
As you move around the house from the public domain, to the semi-private, to the very private domain in the backyard, it becomes progressively more modern, he
So we can enjoy more contemporary architecture, and the public can enjoy something consistent with what was there for 45 years.
The remodeled home is what he
calls a modern villa, referencing Tuscan architecture, but in a less literal and ornate way than most Mediterranean-style homes.
noted that their energy bills are approximately 70 to 75 percent less than what a more conventional, similarly-sized home would generate.