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When Lindsey and Dennis were searching for the perfect Marin County, California home for their family, they decided on an unusual choice: a Stick-Eastlake style Victorian designed and built by Gustave Nagel in 1888. Better known as the Dolliver House, the oldest residence in Larkspur, CA, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
A historic home was not necessarily on Lindsey’s wish list; with two young children, she and her husband needed a home equipped to suit a modern family. They had never taken on a renovation project on this scale.
“We were not seeking out an old home!” Lindsey insists. But there was something about the property that had captured her eye: charm and a little bit of grit. She and her husband returned to the property multiple times while consulting with an architect to determine what updates the home might require.
“Well Lindsey, you wanted charm. We just bought a whole lot of charm,” Dennis said, after the couple discovered their offer had been accepted.
Lindsey’s family is only the fourth family to own the home in the 130 years since its construction. She and Dennis are passionate about maintaining the integrity of the home, as well as preserving its history. They partnered with Jared Polsky, of Polsky Perlstein Architects, to redesign the home’s interior. Well-established in the county and with experience working on historic homes, Polsky understood the family’s vision and both the challenges and opportunities presented by the project.
They maintained the original details of the home: the floors, mantle, windows, molding, front door, all of the porches, and were required to preserve the entire original facade of the home. They focused on connecting the upper and lower levels of the home with interior stairs, reinforcing the structure to make it more architecturally sound, and pulling out the galley-style kitchen to better suit it for a home chef. When selecting the right range to complete her renovated kitchen, Lindsey looked for an appliance that would merge traditional aesthetics with modern function, just like her home. They chose the 48″ 5-Burner Dual Fuel Range with 12″ Griddle, in Pacific Fog.
“There is something about this house that requires something above and beyond, something out of the ordinary,” she says.
Lindsey first discovered the Hestan brand when she and Dennis dined at The French Laundry. After researching the company and the products, she was thrilled to hear we had made the jump from commercial appliances into the residential sector. For her, it was about the details: “Everything from function to style, to the range of options available for us.”
Two and a half years after its original purchase, the Dolliver House renovation project is nearly complete; future projects include adding an outdoor living space to the backyard, and of course, completing decorations on the interior. Lindsey and her family have already started making memories in their new home. To follow along with their unique journey, check them out on Instagram at @dolliverhouse.