A common issue home owners face when they purchase a property in San Marino or Arcadia is the condition of the house is very poor. Many of the houses were built between the 1930’s to the 1950s. There are even some that are almost 100 years old. Many of them have not had improvements done since the 70’s.
The electrical lines, plumbing lines, and mechanical equipment are not compatible with today’s needs. The old single pane windows and lack of insulation in the walls causes a lot of energy waste. Not to mention inefficient use of space with many hallways and tiny closets.
A young family purchased this property knowing that they will have to do some updates on the kitchen and bathrooms, and someone create a better flow. The original house was not short on surprises, from a hidden fireplace to old tin cans in the walls, to more serious issues such as undersized second story floor joist and a huge beam that was just sitting on a wall of bricks. Little did they realize that the interior kitchen and bathroom remodel turns into gutting out the entire house down to the studs and floor joists.
The construction process took a lot longer than what was originally anticipated, however when it was all done, the efforts were all well worth it.