2021 Redlands Home Tour - Barnes Residence

John and Sara Barnes home 860 Walnut Ave. has be renovated extensively.

After renovating and flipping 10 homes, three of which they lived in, John and Sara Barnes found one to keep.

“I love this house,” Sara said of the two-story Cape Cod-style brick house they bought in 2017. “It fits our family. I don’t see us going anywhere.”

“It was the gable dormers that attracted me,” she said. “I love Cape Cod homes.”

Built in 1975, the house was remodeled in the late 1980s, adding a second floor and doubling square footage.

The Barnes home is one of six that will be featured on Sunday, Dec. 5, on the Redlands YMCA Holiday Home Tour.

Living area opened up

Now with 3,523 square feet, the house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an office, large family room, formal living and dining areas, new kitchen and more. Outside there’s multi-level decking and patios for entertaining, and a large pool and play area.

The Barnes painted the red brick exterior white. Inside, the wall between the kitchen and living room was opened up.

“It felt closed in,” Sara said.

The kitchen underwent a massive redo, adding new white cabinets, stainless appliances, marble-like quartz counters, and a massive cooking and prep island. At one end of the island, two narrow brick, floor-to-ceiling columns were built providing extra storage space.

A butler’s pantry/mud room off the kitchen opens to a side yard. French doors in the family room and office open to the outside areas.

Most of the Barnes’s updates focused on adding modern/traditional architectural (moldings and wainscotting) and decorative details. The couple remodeled bathrooms on both floors.

Luxurious master suite

Much of the work upstairs involved completing the master suite that prior owners began.

Now, there’s a sitting area and walk-in closet. The new spa-like bathroom has his-and-her wash basins.

The Barnes’s family business is Simply Staging — a full-service home staging, interior redesign and renovation company.

Furnishings and décor throughout the house trend toward a casual, traditional style.

“Art and decorative objects you see here may be borrowed for the business from time to time,” Sara said. “We don’t get too attached to them.”

Tickets available

  • Home tour tickets: $35 in advance and $40 the day of the tour. Patron tickets, which include brunch at Olive and Citrus and front-of-the-line access to homes, are $85.
  • Masks are required to tour the homes.
  • More information: Visit ymcahometour.org/about-home-tour/ or call the Redlands YMCA, (909) 798-9622.