1. 2201 9th Avenue
Built in 1931 in the area of Land Park then known as Spanish Town, this two-story home originally had three bedrooms and two baths. The current owners, who have lived in the home since 1993, added about 500 square feet, expanding the second floor to include a master suite. Owen Flynn was the designer, and Abrahams Construction was the contractor.
Downstairs, the front rooms retain their original architectural details, while the back half of the home has been reconfigured to better suit today's lifestyles. The kitchen and breakfast area are in a space that used to be a long, awkward bedroom. Cooks working at the huge marble-covered island can look across the family room, where new ceiling beams were distressed to match the hand-hewn beams in the living room. On the west side of the house, a new bath replaces the old cramped kitchen. The orange tile on the shower floor is the owners' nod to the color scheme used in the original bath.
Upstairs, the front bedroom with its charming covered balcony is unchanged. The hall bath was extended to include a longer vanity with "Rainforest" marble, and two more small bedrooms were rearranged to allow for more closet space. The new master suite was built over the family room. Here, one long wall is filled with custom cabinetry-style closets and a window seat, while the opposite wall is graced with a French door opening onto an iron balcony. A new master bath completes this private retreat.