Tim & Kyle Malone
Gift to the Street Award
Sometimes restoration projects deliver the best surprises. When a Kensington couple bought their house 10 years ago, they knew it was the victim of bad remodeling, deterioration, and termite damage. Unlike most houses in Kensington, which are finished in stucco, it was shrouded in aluminum siding. Still, somehow the couple saw through all of these challenges and believed there were "good bones" they could work with. They set out to restore the house inside and out and did most of the work themselves.
Inside, they took on the onerous job of removing the "popcorn" finish from the coved ceilings, refinished the wood floors, and added heating and cooling systems. Outside, they tore down a carport that was attached to the garage and replaced rotting wood window frames with ones that matched the originals. Their most dramatic discoveries came when they "unwrapped" the metal siding. Underneath they found Mission Revival style arches, a parapet and the original stucco finish, which they repaired. Now, their Mission Revival bungalow is in great shape, and a definite asset to the historic neighborhood. But the owners haven't stopped yet. Their latest project? Planting drought-tolerant landscaping.
Well deserving of the Gift to the Street Award are Kyle and Tim Malone.
Photo of award winners Tim and Kyle Malone by Sandé Lollis, all others courtesy award winner
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