New Leases on Life

Before its $1.9 million rehab, Springhouse Apartments was trapped in the world of blah. Built in the 1980s, the complex and its dull gray exteriors looked tired and weary, despite its Northern California location, just inland from San Francisco Bay. Interior water damage hardly added to its allure.

But Springhouse had a future. Its owner, Security Properties of Seattle, wanted to reposition the three-story, 354-unit apartment to attract a young, hip, high-income renter crowd. To do that, the company had to transform the property from ho-hum to eye-grabber.

Myhre Group Architects

Security Properties tapped Myhre Group Architects of Portland, Ore., asking the firm to add pizzazz and vibrancy to the outdated property. Myhre Group responded, updating exteriors by installing bold red panel siding for visual texture and contemporary appeal. Warm hues of reds, greens, yellows, and bronze complement the natural color palettes found in the area.

Using aluminum extrusions that imitate a stucco finish give the property a clean transition between the lap siding and panel siding. Lattice and trellis walls were placed in the front entries of the units, allowing more natural light to stream in. The apartment's clubhouse also got a cool facelift during the nine-month renovation.

Myhre Group Architects

Today, Springhouse Apartments is 97 percent occupied, with monthly rents between $1,050 and $1,325.

–Abby Garcia Telleria is a freelance writer in Costa Mesa, Calif.