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Italian Renaissance Manor
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Florentine craftsmanship thriving at the peak of the Italian Renaissance was the inspiration for the renovation of this home, transforming it from a nondescript ranch style house into an elegant Old-European estate. To achieve the clients’ desire for a Tuscan country manor, every detail from carved corbels to light fixtures was architecturally designed and old-world artifacts, sourced from architectural salvage, were integrated into the plan.
The approximately 10,000-square-foot seven-bedroom Mediterranean villa located in the exclusive Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe, California is a perfect mix of sophisticated Italian grace and the easy indoor to outdoor lifestyle that is the allure of Southern California.
The home is set on approximately four private acres, secluded among mature eucalyptus trees. The original house was dark and cramped, with many small rooms. The challenge was to lighten the interior by removing walls for larger living spaces, add square footage for more bedrooms and baths, build a guest house, and incorporate a large four-car garage. The complete makeover of the home included updating the resort style pool, hardscape, and landscape.
A fountain made from a 16th century limestone baptismal font adorns the retaining wall at the driveway approach, serving as a centerpiece to the grand entrance. Uniquely detailed cantera stone columns, hand-carved massive corbels and timbers, and French château limestone floors set the backdrop for the grand living-, family- and dining rooms. Nine custom-built stone fireplaces enhance the main living areas and individual bedrooms, featuring patterns and schemes of the Italian Renaissance. All areas are enhanced with uniquely designed light fixtures, and the bathrooms are comprised of beautiful marbles and granites woven into intricate patterns.
This custom designed renovation received the “2003 Bath of the Year” Award from San Diego Home & Garden Magazine, and the “2003 Kitchen of the Year” Award from San Diego Magazine.
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