The Rose Garden Homes Tour has been celebrating the uniqueness and grandeur of the historic San Jose neighborhood for 23 years. This all-volunteer event is hosted by parents and students of St. Martin of Tours School who have spent countless hours to organize, prepare, and present this wonderful weekend. Proceeds benefit the children of St. Martin of Tours School by providing funding for programs such as Sports, Art, Music and Technology, in addition to the Scholarship Fund.
With both of their children off to college in 2013, the homeowners decided the time was right to find a new home to fit their new lifestyle as empty-nesters. Their previous home in Willow Glen was very traditional, so they were looking for something they could really make their own.
At first sight, this home more closely resembled what the homeowner describes as a "nice Tahoe cabin." With exposed wood ceiling beams, a huge silvery rock wall and a potbelly stove in the living room, the style was not what the homeowners were looking for but the openness and good bones of the home won them over. The homeowners spent two years struggling with different design ideas for the house, meanwhile beginning with a backyard update. On the verge of giving up and putting the house back on the market, they met with architect Marcy Mac Donough who came up with the winning plan. This new plan covered the beamed ceiling in the living room, added a pantry and laundry room off the kitchen, added an additional bedroom and turned an existing bedroom into the music room. They also moved the hallway to create a separate "wing" for the children or guests and to give the master bedroom two walk in closets.
With support from CMF Construction, the homeowners began an aggressive five-month renovation project, while living in the home, to turn it into the bright, open, and functional modern home it is today. The resulting house and yard fits the homeowners’ personalities perfectly – and is a welcoming home for their family and guests. The homeowners reflect, "It is amazing to see what we have accomplished since 2013 and we absolutely love our house, both inside and out."
This elegant residence was originally constructed in 1954 as a single story home. Since purchasing the home, the homeowners have served as their own design team, continually updating the home while partnering with Maggetti Construction. The main focal point as you enter the home is the glass railing adorning the staircase that leads to the second floor. This feature alone took eight months to engineer and construct, primarily due to angle of the stairs and slope of the glass. The ornate chandelier at the top of the stairs adds an element of complexity to the space, perfectly balancing the clean and modern feel of the staircase railing.
Sophisticated comfort is the theme for the master suite, which serves as one of the homeowners' favorite retreats. The oversized mirror and luxurious nightstands from Horchow add an air of relaxed refinement. A hand-crafted tile backsplash speaks to the homeowners' individuality while the heated tile floors create a luxurious and warm environment.
Maintaining the theme of maximizing natural light and openness, the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen was opened up, connecting the two spaces and reducing the dependency on artificial light. The two combined spaces flow effortlessly into the family room, creating a sense of connection to each of these unique areas. The importance of an effortless connection between indoor and outdoor living is evident as you move into the well-appointed backyard, which can be accessed both from the family room as well as the living room. A spacious, rectangular pool by Royal Pool Design and Hardscape, complete with both a Baja shelf and hot tub, is surrounded by a beautiful travertine deck punctuated by lounge chairs and umbrellas for a resort style feel.
The home of Marie and Richard Munley is a stunning Tudor Revival designed in 1919 by the renowned architects Wolfe and Higgins. The Munley's home is featured in the recently published book, Wolfe & Higgins Master Architects of the Spanish Revival, by Krista Van Laan.
The first of a handful of Tudor Revival homes built in the Rose Garden, the Munley's home has many unique features. The staircase in the entry with its angled newel post and rounded stairs, and the front doorway which is set in a beautiful arched entry, are favorite features of Wolfe & Higgins. The home is English in architecture with an interesting roofline. The façade is flat with symmetrical paired front gables.
The Munley's home is designated as a historical home in San Jose, and the Munley's have preserved the classic style of the original design since the home was purchased in 1977. A full remodel of the entire home was completed in 2015, including opening up the kitchen and pantry areas to create a very inviting and expansive living space.
Because of the historical designation, the remodel had to retain the original appearance and classic design of the exterior elevations. New windows and doors retained the original design. The original footprint was kept, including a built-in butler's buzzer on the dining room floor. They worked with a stellar team comprised of architect Lyle Mosher and builder Rose Construction.
The Munley's grandson, Jordan Sandoval, is a St. Martin's graduate of 2014.
Craig and Julie Paulsen moved to Morse Street 18 years ago when they were expecting their first child. In 2014, they were looking for a new home that was a bit larger for their family when this house came onto the market. Thrilled with the thought of staying in their same beloved neighborhood, Julie became a fixture at the open houses. She dragged her husband and friends through several visits to the home before they finally made an offer and it was accepted!
The Paulsen family lived in the home for a couple of years before they embarked on a major remodel. The first order of business was to change the layout of the second floor by removing one of the staircases, modifying the bedrooms and bathrooms, enlarging closets, adding new windows and walls in the sleeping porch, and incorporating an upstairs laundry room. Once the second floor remodel was completed, Craig and Julie started on the downstairs. They added on to the back of the home, creating a family room open to the kitchen, moved the bathroom, and added a mudroom. The family loves being outdoors and entertaining which was incorporated into the architectural design.
This 1918 home first appeared on the Rose Garden Home Tour about ten years ago. The Paulsen's, whose two boys graduated from St. Martin of Tours and now attend Bellarmine, wanted to open this home again in support of their boys' alma mater. Their hope was to create a house where everyone who visits feels welcomed, and at home.
When the Rainey family's backyard is not bustling with Homes Tour activity, it is bustling with sporting activities. Their 13-year-old son takes cuts in the outdoor batting cage, and their 16-year-old daughter practices her soccer skills. The Rainey's have a long history at St. Martin of Tours. Their daughter graduated in 2016, and their son will graduate in the Spring of 2018. Libbie, herself, has been involved in the Homes Tour for several years chairing other people's homes. This is the first time the roles are reversed. "It was our last year and how appropriate to be on the tour, now. It's been a good ending," says Libbie.
They also recently completed an extensive remodel which included the backyard. "There is not a lot a of room inside to entertain. We didn't want to knock down any interior walls, so we decided to push out the family room and create a bigger space to entertain outside."
The outdoor room is an all-season space. There are heat lamps to help stay warm in the winter, a fan to stay cool in the summer, and a 70" flat screen television to enjoy year-round. "The kids are getting older and we wanted a place for them to hang out. The outdoor room can be a kid zone or an adult zone. It can be whatever we want it to be," says Libbie.
And just a month ago, the last coat of paint was applied to the outdoor kitchen which was built by Antuzzi Concrete Designs -- just in time to host this year's Homes Tour Tea House and Boutique!