Historic Property Transformation In Mission Hills San Diego
Reflecting a rich architectural heritage, the historic Mission Hills district’s classic 1920’s Spanish-style homes are community “jewels”. Fortunately, MMD Construction’s full scale remodel offered this historic home a new lease on life following impeccable renovations that also carefully preserve the home’s historical integrity.
Assuring that is the case is the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Preservation Board. Its rigorous rules and regulations ensure that any construction project within the city limits protects a historic structure’s “original” period of architecture.
“Remodeling a Mission Hills historic home is rewarding and challenging. To us, it’s a labor of love...”
While approaching the process for historic-construction approval may be a bit daunting for some, in contrast, Milan Djokich, President of MMD Construction knows the ropes.
“Remodeling a Mission Hills historic home is rewarding and challenging. To us, it’s a labor of love in assuring these homes are renovated in a responsible way,” Djokich said.
Nestled in the heart of San Diego’s historic Mission Hills district, many of these homes were built in the 1920s or 30s. Making interior changes and all-new modern interior finishes often are okay (depending on the individual project), but “for the exterior, you must renovate the home to ‘the period,’” Djokich explained.
“That’s what it’s all about — maintaining the integrity of a historic home. This full scale remodel provided a modern infusion to a classic Spanish style home. Sleek interior design and a completely revamped indoor/outdoor courtyard bring new life to this classic piece.”
Most notably, “experience counts,” he emphasized. “We’ve been doing this so long that we know not to bypass the city’s historic preservation rules and regulations in any way, shape, or form. We’re going to get things done right the first time around — and much more efficiently than other firms.”
For instance, “you can’t take a historic home and use flat stucco to put on a new exterior if the house previously had some type of texture,” he said. “They’re going to make you match the process — there’s no coloring outside the lines, so to speak!”