From House-Wreck to Charming Chateau!

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When it comes to homes, there is nothing more fascinating than inspiring before and after transformation stories. Being that I have so many wonderful clients around the country with interesting stories I have decided to share some of these with you.

This is a classic one.  Here is what this Burbank California property looked like when Mark and Lori Rolph, purchased it a few years ago.  Being the owners of  MCR Construction, Inc., a company with a reputation for its creative design flair and building finesse, they were fortunately well qualified for the task ahead.

The property when first purchased — in it’s house-wreck state.


As you can see here, they built up from the general footprint of the home, making the most of their corner lot, nestled under the Verdugo Mountains.

Building up from the former footprint of the home
The vaulted ceiling taking shape


And here is the AFTER view!  This is the portrait I completed of the house three months ago. Take a moment to appreciate the amazing craftsmanship that went into constructing the roof, the chimney, the entrance door — not to mention the stunning gate and exterior wall!

The AFTER view – and now a work of art!


Here are just a couple of the really cool features inside. The hand-painted vaulted ceiling serves as the center piece of the living room.

The living room

 Mark and Lori cleverly utilized every square foot to make their home aesthetic, spacious and inviting.  The use of this spiral staircase is one such way — and yes, that is a tree you see growing up inside the staircase!

A tree grows up this spiral staircase!


I would like to thank Mark and Lori for having such an art inspiring home and for letting us peak inside. I hope you have enjoyed this story. Remember, I always love to get your feedback. Perhaps you have a before and after story you would like to share?

Cheers and all the best for the coming year ahead. Let’s make it a great one!