A splendid, quite small, remodel
A SMALL, DECREPIT BUILDING THATWAS A GARAGE ONCE UPON A TIME — IN ITS BETTER DAYS — HAS BEEN REBORN. It’s now what designer Claire Lange calls “a sweet, tiny habitation.” The new unit at 118-B Moore Street is the newest part of a modest compound of units owned by Diane and Charles Goodman (Kokopelli Property Management).
“I had three lots and we did a consolidation to come up with two 7,500-square-foot lots,” Charles Goodman said. “We had 120 and built 118-A, then at one point the tenant of the little guest house called and we went in to install a newwater heater, but there was black mold and it was a disaster. We had to let the tenant go and we started the process of remodeling. Once we got into it for remodel, we could see it had once been a garage.”
The Goodmans hired Lange, a Realtor and home designer who has done perhaps three dozen projects, both remodels and new homes, in her 30 years in Santa Fe. Among them are several houses on Acequia Madre Street and a sweet, 1,000-square-foot adobe at 466 Camino Don Miguel. That one was on the Parade of Homes last summer. Lange worked with contractor was Tom Treece, Arpad Builders LLC. And the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association established a new prize just for that project: the Phoenix Award for Exceptional Historic Renovation.
When the Moore Street remodel commenced, 118-B was a dark, cramped space, just 26 feet long and a little less than 11 feet wide. “When I came in, there were joists going across and you couldn’t see the pitched roof,” Lange said during a visit to the unit in mid-January. “Those cross pieces have been cut off; the new ceiling will be finished at the rafters, with thick insulation. The block walls had a half-inch of insulation under the sheetrock. Now there are four inches of insulation on the outside and the inside will have a lovely hard-troweled plaster finish. The floor was springy, so it was just the wood joists on dirt. Now we’ll have radiant coils under a new brick floor.”
On the next visit, on March 21, 118-B had become a house. The new peaked ceiling really opens things up. At one end is the little kitchen and bathroom, both nicely appointed. The kitchen even has aWolf range— a 2-burner gas range. There are new windows and doors, cabinets, lights, and stucco. Outside the entry door, what was a carport-like covered dirt “yard” is nowopened up and clean. Next to the door is a stylish sconce from Form+ Function. Still to come are a privacy wall and a gate.
Lange was the designer and oversaw the remodel project. She worked with structural engineer Jim Hands and contractor Tommy Tapia. There is all new wiring by electrician Daniel Bransford. Plumber José Castillo put in the radiant heat and on-demand hot water. Dahl Plumbing’s Joyce Garcia provided sinks and faucets. WilliamsWindow & Door did the patio door and window. Luella Trujillo from Absolute Flooring & Interiors helped Diane Goodman and Lange pick out the kitchen and bathroom tile.
“It’s been an expensive project, but we’re getting close,” Charles Goodman said in late March. “It’s less than 300 square feet and we’re advertising it for $900. Once we’ve built the yard wall and the flagstone patio, it will be phenomenal.”
Claire Lange at 118-B Moore Street