The thrill of a home tour is to see how someone else assembles the everyday items we live with: a sofa and two chairs, art on the walls, a dining table and sideboard.
Some people play to type, filling a Mission-style house with Arts and Crafts oak furniture and rich, earth-toned colors. An equally deft, but more fanciful, hand might arrange discarded school furniture with cutting-edge art that alters how you see the building.
This is yet another bungalow: oak floors, Midtown trim, blah, blah, blah. Stripped bare of the current artist's furnishings, the house won't have the same impact that it does at the moment, but the interior treatments prove how distinctively you can live in even the most predictable of floor plans.
The screened door has been planked. Narrow cedar boards left over from building the rear fence have been planed to expose their grain and applied horizontally, making the screen door a very modern shutter, which adds privacy to the interior while allowing air flow. This not only enhances the street appeal but also playfully acknowledges the Craftsman or natural materials.
In typical bungalow style, the living and dining rooms open one behind the other, making a large public space. Most of the windows have white plantation shutters. The walls and trim are painted neutral colors. The ceilings, however, have a little splash of color that suggests we're not in Kansas anymore.
The kitchen has been updated with white cabinets to the ceiling to maximize storage. Good under-cabinet lighting makes food prep easier. But the zing here is the small black tiles of the countertops played against a large black-and-white checkerboard floor.
There are two bedrooms and a bath on the opposite side of the house. The large pedestal sink and white, one-inch hex-tile floor look perfectly original. A large storage cabinet has been refaced with a single planked door, and an equally large framed mirror was installed over a new white-wood wainscot. Recessed can lights and high-tech dimmers show it off well.
A spacious family room has been added across the rear of the house. It has lots of windows and a great, European wood-burning stove. A laundry closet with extra storage is right by the rear entry.
Out back is a private, fenced yard with a large double carport. Behind that, a deck is partially covered by a triangular sun shade. The backyard has a Zen-like composition of river rock between deck and yard.
Just like inside, the yard is composed simply, but all this elegant artistry makes this classic bungalow feel timeless.
575 S. Holmes
1,344 square feet
2 bedrooms, 1 bath; $172,000
FSBO; will co-op
Michael Carpenter, 230-0888