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Bob the Expert Bungalow Beautifier

Rarely do you see contractors who specialize in Craftsman Bungalow restoration, and Bob Hatch is one of the few.

By FRANZ A.D. MORALES
Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | 3:37 PM

A man’s home is his castle, and whatever happens, a man should ensure his castle is kept in perfect order and well-maintained.

Especially homes of the historic variety such as Craftsman Bungalows.

Pasadena holds a very special place in its heart for bungalows, both figuratively and literally. In a 16-block area bordered by Orange Grove and Washington boulevards and Lake and Hill streets, lies Bungalow Heaven. A scenic neighborhood that’s home to thousands of historic homes that encompass the city’s history. As the name implies, bungalows rule here.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the need to maintain and restore many of the old bungalows is very important. Especially the Craftsman Bungalows, built in the American Craftsman style, which is a design and lifestyle philosophy that was made popular in the late 19th century.

An important part of American history, the Arts and Crafts movement’s goal was to create designs that was for and by the people, and a source of pleasure to the maker and user. In the movement, workers produce beautiful objects that would enhance ordinary people’s lives, while giving decent employment to craftsmen.

The Craftsman Bungalow was one of the results of this movement, and today, thousands of these homes can be found in Bungalow Heaven.

Built using traditional methods and materials, restoring a Craftsman Bungalow requires more than just banging on nails and replacing panels. To preserve the history behind these damaged homes, experts who specialize in historic home repair are needed.

Here we have good news and bad news.

First the bad, being a specialized niche, there aren’t too many Craftsman Bungalow restorers today.

The good news? Bob Hatch is one, and he operates in the Pasadena era. Specifically, in and around Bungalow Heaven and Historic Highlands (where he also does restoration projects on Spanish Revival homes).

Working on homes in the area since 1960′s, Hatch has been a licensed contractor since 1977. In fact, his license number, 342236 is one of the oldest, continuously active licenses today. Hatch has been repairing and restoring historic bungalows and homes for years and he has a unique understanding and respect for the architecture used.

A hands-on worker with his son as a trusted helper, Hatch works only with those he trusts and does not work with, nor recommend, subcontractors.

With customer satisfaction of utmost importance to him, the intelligent choice for any improvement or restoration project you may have, be it Craftsman bungalows or simple modern houses, is Bob Hatch.

To contact Bob Hatch for an estimate, you can email bob@bobhatchbuilds.com or call (626) 354-8339. You can also visit his website at http://www.bobhatchbuilds.com.

 

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