Marin Home / BACKSTORY
Their changes — they gutted the kitchen,
added a powder room, remodeled two additional bathrooms and added period details
throughout — brought only minor t weaks to
the existing floor plan. “We wanted to honor
the home’s original design,” Jocelyn says.
To that end, they eschewed the trend of an
open-concept kitchen. However, by widening
the entrance and adding a reclaimed window
transom, they managed to make a formerly
cramped space light and airy.
The Corbetts made a point of incor-
porating many of the home’s original
architectural details into their new
design. “In the entry way, we kept the cedar
plank ceiling and windowsills but updated
them with reclaimed leaded glass bought
from an online salvage store.” Also still in
use are the original staircase and railing
to the lower level. “Some might not like it
because it’s really tight, but we feel it’s in
keeping with the period.”
To help with finishes and soft goods, the
Corbetts engaged Mill Valley–based interior
designer Anja Michaels. With her guidance, the
couple managed a number of splurges, including
Fireclay Tile used in the lower-level bathroom,
in the kitchen and on the fireplace mantel —
with a few steals added in, Jocelyn notes: “We
used quartz for the kitchen countertops that
imitates the look of marble.” They also bought
locally, purchasing numerous new pieces from
Summer House and Serena & Lily and contract-
ing with A Well Made Home in Larkspur for
custom upholstery and window treatments.
Budget-wise, Jocelyn says, they did OK,
though she does admit to a bit of scope creep.
For example, they never intended to renovate
the lower level. “And the layout of the kids’
bathroom was terrible,” says Jocelyn says.
And as it goes, one fix leads led to another.
But in the end, knowing they were investing
in their forever home made springing for all
those extras worth every penny. m
A HOME ON MOUN T Tamalpais uited Kevan Corbett, an avid trail runner and outdoor enthu- siast, just fine. But his wife, Jocelyn, was beginning to sour
on the long slog down the mountain. So the couple decided to seek shelter closer to civilization.
“Our only criteria was a space with good
light and a good location; everything else was
fixable,” Jocelyn says. When a 1908 home with
lovely views and a walk-to-town address hit
the market, the couple knew they had found
the one. “It needed tons of work, but it had so
No strangers to remodeling, the couple
agreed to move into the house “as is” and
live through the renovations. However, they
quickly realized that living in a construction
zone with a 2- and a 4-year-old was simply not
realistic. “Within days, we moved back out,
into a few Airbnb’s, until we could get it to the
point of being livable,” says Jocelyn.