redone.” Not to mention there was a rotting foundation, a portion of which
had to be replaced. So did all the plumbing and electricity.
With more than 30 years in the lighting business, Roberts drew from
his extensive background in architecture and design (and a little help from
interior designer Richard Round of San Angelo, Texas) and started with
structural alterations. In the front entryway, he removed an interior wall,
revealing the stairway that leads to a second-floor guest bedroom. He also
repositioned the front door, bringing balance and a welcoming openness
to the space.
“The kitchen,” says Roberts, “was dreadful. The refrigerator was in the
dining room. A crystal chandelier hung over the kitchen sink.” To return
the house to a simpler country style, Roberts chose mahogany countertops
and painted custom cabinets with recessed panels and chamfered corners.
“Chamfered corners are common in old cabinetry,” Roberts says of the beveled style. “It gives them a rustic feel.”
The original wide-plank pine floors throughout most of the
2,400-square-foot house were restored to their original luster. An expanded
master bedroom suite extended the building’s footprint closer to the hillside creek. “The master bath is right with the trees,” says Roberts. “I can
hear the water from the creek.” Inspired by the original bead-board ceiling
in the front-porch area, Roberts used bead board on the bathroom ceiling
and walls, an architectural element that helps unify old with new.
in the foyer (top), walls are painted with “Balsa” by Pratt & Lambert, while
the trim is “Swiss Coffee,” a custom shade mixed by Texas interior designer
Richard Round. The kitchen walls (above) are bright white bead board.