The Sagen's residence was originally a fairly modest owner built home with a fantastic location, perched on a cliff about 40 feet above the Valencia creek. Over several years, the Sagens and I have remodeled their property with both interior and exterior projects that take advantage of the natural light and views of the creek and the Polo grounds We began their ongoing development with a bathroom remodel, replacing a 1/2 bath and pantry off of the kitchen with a full bathroom and shower. We have added picture and garden windows, a brick driveway and walkway, outdoor grilling area, a wire rose arbor, a garden room on their second floor patio, staircases and several decks including a private “couples” deck that is placed halfway down the cliff. This has resulted in a very personal and artistic home that reflects the aesthetic and lifestyle of the owners. Sagen Residence
This project was the reconstruction and addition of to an historic 1870’s “Victorian” home and it’s conversion to a Montessori school for children, 5 years and younger. The owners had a limited budget and asked me to design the interior in a way that respected the design of the building while spending as little money as possible. After rebuilding the sub-floor structure and adding a office, playroom and back porch, we used “Sun-Tunnels” to bring light into the interior, added child sized toilets and sinks in the bathroom, installed painted baseboards and trim and inexpensive clear fir cabinetry. We used playful, springtime colors for the interior and exterior and created copper handrails. This project was ADA compliant and was given an award by the City of Santa Cruz for historic renovation
The Churchill residence was a fairly straight forward remodel to a small “ranch” style house. It had space use issues which were reduced by building a new entry and reconfiguring the kitchen. After viewing the Frank’s home, the Churchill's asked me to design their interior in a similar style. Using a similar approach, we used clear finish wood cabinets, doors, trim, and floors. We created cross-vault ceilings in the living room and kitchen, installed a light well in the kitchen ceiling and incorporated stained glass lighting with their own stained glass entry panel creating a unique and luxurious home.
Project manager Interior Design, reconstruction and remodel of entire interior Exterior design. The Churchill residence was a fairly straight forward remodel to a small “ranch” style house. It had space use issues which were reduced by building a new entry and reconfiguring the kitchen. After viewing the Frank’s home, the Churchill's asked me to design their interior in a similar style. Using a similar approach, we used clear finish wood cabinets, doors, trim, and floors. We created cross-vault ceilings in the living room and kitchen, installed a light well in the kitchen ceiling and incorporated stained glass lighting with their own stained glass entry panel creating a unique and luxurious home.
This was a 1920’s California bungalow with one bedroom, one bath and a sleeping porch that was used as a bed room. At 768 square feet, it wasn’t able to accomodate a family of four and because of its age it needed a remodel. We extended the house toward the rear of the lot, doubling it’s size to create a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a master suite that opens onto a open back porch and roof deck with views of the ocean. In the process of rebuilding the house, we were determined to retain the details of the original building style while accepting the age of the original house. We uncovered the original fir floors and extended them into the addition, installed wood frame widows, clear finished fir doors and a “Bungalow” style tile bathroom. We then used reclaimed red wood from the original garage to create a cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom and reclaimed custom milled redwood for the clear finished trim. The result is a home that is both lighthearted and traditional.
J. Morris Builder has been responsible for the successful completion of many varied building projects. Project management, interior and exterior design, building and general contracting are skills that I have developedover my career as a builder. I have managed large residential construction, addition and remodel projects for other builders and under my own license. I have also remodeled restaurants, managed the construction of an engineering office and laboratory and the conversion of an 1870s era house into a pre school.
Recently I have been focusing on smaller scale design and build interior remodels including kitchen, bath and living areas and exterior finish work such as decks, pergolas,window treatments and outdoor living areas. By paying attention to lifestyle, space usage, color, light and sight lines, air flow and temperature, I have been able to work with my clients to transform older, ordinary or problematic buildings into beautiful homes.
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“John has managed several remodel projects for us. Our living area was cramped and narrow, and felt oppressive. His artistic vision and ability to add craftsman details has transformed our vanilla 1970s house into a very comfortable, yet tasteful, home. We frequently receive unsolicited compliments from passerbys." Donna Franks