Rejuvenation in Berkeley.
Most are simple on/off switches where you press the top button to turn lights on. To turn the lights off you press the bottom button. Some of the switches have a dimming function where you press the bottom button for on/off and the top is an adjustable dial to control the light intensity. We chose to use these antique looking switches for pure decorative purposes. There are no energy efficiency advantages.
Let's look at the hallway bathroom door for a good mixture of old and new items. The frosted glass on white door with the glass door knob has a vintage look. When friends saw this door before the renovation they would say, "That looks like the door in my grandmother's old house," or "My basement door in my old bungalow has a door just like that."
The door, the knob and the trims are original with fresh paint.
We kept the built-in storage unit in the hallway. These front got some fresh paint and the inside was simply cleaned. It smells of old wood when you open the drawers and it's part of the charm.
The windows on the front of the house retained the same positions and size. The triple-pane, Argon-filled fiberglass windows have a much better performance than the old single pane leaded window.
We did re-use the trims around the windows. Santa Cruz Green Builders did a great job of matching the wood covering the deep window sill with the original window trims.
Notice the patched marks of nail holes on the window trim. This is evidence of prior homeowners installing curtain rods multiple times on this window trim.
In our old kitchen the gas water heater was next to the stove, strapped onto the wall. The gas stove and the water heater shared a flue going up through the ceiling to exhaust above the roof.
Also made by Loughridge Cabinets, the concept of the Japanese "getabako" is expressed in the arts and crafts style.This is built back into the wall and protrudes through the dining room. In the dining room the back side of the shoes storage cabinet looks like a nice stand.
French door between the dining room and kitchen is also original piece of the house.