What’s Old is New Again: Pleasanton Historic Whole House Renovation


Pleasanton Historic Whole House Renovation

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What’s Old is New Again: Pleasanton Historic Whole House Renovation

Homeowner Challenge

The owners of this historic home in Pleasanton had their sights set on a whole house remodel and room addition that would not only restore the interior but bring their living space to life—adding style, improved functionality, and modern day amenities to their beloved home.  Important in taking on this remodel was adhering to California's explicit guidelines and requirements pertaining to historic renovations. The house also came with a preservation easement that requires the exterior of the home to retain its original character.

Design-Build Solution

This couple turned to Gayler Design Build, who began working on a design that would incorporate their desires for the new space, and tied the addition into the rest of the house. Once the design was finalized, the construction crew at Gayler Design Build went to work to make their dream a reality, incorporating many stunning details into the finished project.


The stunning kitchen was designed in off-white 'Frost' perimeter cabinets with an accent glaze. For contrast, the oversize center island was designed in Clear Alder cabinetry with a New World finish and accent glaze. To tie the two together, our clients chose beautiful Granite 'Alps White' countertops.

The Sub-Zero Wolf double oven was surrounded by a stunning custom hood with unique corbels and intricate details. The backsplash was designed in 6x6 Crema Ella honed marble and accented with Fleur De Lis 2 x 2 tile in Siena with an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.

Other kitchen highlights included four crystal and bronze chandeliers, intricate beam work in the ceiling, glass display cabinets and a dual wine and beverage chiller.


The upstairs bathroom was transformed utilizing a beautiful, functional double vanity with Clear Alder raised panel cabinetry in a New World finish and accent glaze. The look was topped with natural Quartz countertops is an 'Antico Cloud' Natural and the oversize porcelain floor tiles are 'Perla.'

The large glass enclosed shower included a beautiful visual focal point with an Ashland & Halsted reclaimed elongated hexagon mosaic, dual bronze shower heads, and a convenient shower shelf.

The downstairs bathroom was designed with the same Clear Alder cabinetry and Quartz countertops and included an oversize shower designed with contemporary Tozen 1 x 4 vertical accent tile in copper natural.

Great Room

Key highlights of this great room include impressive beam work in the ceiling; custom wood wrapped windows and two sets of oversized double doors leading out to a welcoming deck.  

The fireplace hearth was finished in an 18 x 18 Tuscany Ivory Travertine tile; the mantel was designed in the same Clear Alder wood stain (to match the kitchen and bath), and the tile surrounding the fireplace was MSI Philadelphia Ledger Panel 6 x 24 in natural Travertine wall tile in a split-face finish.

The End Result

Once completed, the work was exactly what this couple had been looking for— it’s now a home with well-preserved character and fit for a lifetime of use, and the addition is now matched with the architectural design and integrity of the original house.