Open House Report/East Bay: Bee Renovated Takes on a 1920's Arts & Crafts

Over at the border of Albany and Berkeley, Sean Gaston and Jim Jewell– the team behind Bee Renovated– have been busy. Their latest project is the rescripting of a 1920's house that had been lived in by the same family since the early '50s and came with a local story of its own. It's open on Sunday.

1675 Marin Avenue, Albany, $998K
Some Albany old-timers may remember Mary Wallmann, for decades the indefatigable school librarian, piano teacher and volunteer who moved into this house as a young bride and raised a family along with influencing the lives of countless other kids. Gaston and Jewell purchased it knowing Mary was something of a local hero, and promised her family they'd do right by her.
Time had taken its toll, and the house needed new windows and baths along with a little judicious opening up, like combining the kitchen and dining rooms. The team managed to meld old and new, giving the new kitchen a ceiling to line up with the original tray ceiling in the dining room.
In the entry, they retained the austere stair rail and door hardware. The living room fireplace got a new lease on life with some judicious sandblasting and a new mantel.
More images at the listing link, above, and you can see more of Sean Gaston's work at his website.
998 Marin Avenue is open on Sunday, October 28 from 2:00pm to 4:00PM
Some Albany old-timers may remember Mary Wallmann, for decades the indefatigable school librarian, piano teacher and volunteer who moved into this house as a young bride and raised a family along with influencing the lives of countless other kids. Gaston and Jewell purchased it knowing Mary was something of a local hero, and promised her family they'd do right by her.
Time had taken its toll. The house needed new windows and baths along with a little judicious opening up, like combining the kitchen and dining rooms where they managed to meld old and new, giving the entirely new kitchen a ceiling to match the original tray ceiling in the dining room.
In the entry retains the austere stair rail and door hardware, while the living room fireplace got a new lease on life with some judicious sandblasting and a new mantel.
The house is back on the market this week. More images at the listing link, above, and you can see more of Sean Gaston's work at his website.
998 Marin Avenue is open on Sunday, October 28 from 2:00pm to 4:00PM

 

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