Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Feature

As St. Petersburg continues to grow and gain more and more recognition, it is always nice to remember where it all began. There are many characteristics that make St. Petersburg what it is today, but one of our favorite aspects at Strobel Design Build of the Sunshine City is its unique historic neighborhoods. For over 30 years Strobel Design Build has been building, renovating, and restoring homes in the Tampa Bay area. In this blog we will take a look at the Historic Old Northeast.


The Old Northeast, formally known as North Shore, was the first established neighborhood in St. Petersburg. Located just north of downtown St. Petersburg, Old Northeast offers the perfect location for just about anyone’s needs. This neighborhood was originally covered with pine trees, sand flats, and several streams and ponds. The area slowly transformed from an agricultural and farmland area into a residential neighborhood. Some consider it as one of our city’s most desirable neighborhoods.


Most of the homes in the Old Northeast are American style-homes with window and wood wall paneling. When driving around, you can spot many seasonal decorations and families enjoying the porches and outdoor living spaces. There are brick streets and picket fences with lush foliage surrounding almost every house.


A 2001 article from the Tampa Bay Times perfectly described the Old Northeast: “If the heart of St. Petersburg is its downtown, the city’s soul probably resides in the North Shore area. It was there, in the section now called Old Northeast, that St. Petersburg blossomed from a village of farmers’ homesteads to a town born of boom-time prosperity. It thrives still, having the oldest and perhaps most influential neighborhood association in the city. Real estate values, even in some of the lower-income pockets, continue to rise. Most of St. Petersburg’s movers and shakers have lived at one time or another in a North Shore neighborhood…”


We have been privileged to restore homes within the Old Northeast and other historic neighborhoods within the community. Whether it is a Mediterranean style home or a Bungalow style home, the Strobel Design Build team has the knowledge and expertise to restore your historic home to its former glory, or renovate it with updated trends.


In 2015, we so proudly received a NARI Contractor of the Year Award (CotY) for Residential Historical Restoration on the Old Northeast home displayed below. The Strobel Design Build team extended the back of the home, renovated the kitchen, wet bar, and bathroom.


Extension on back of home. James Hardie siding and beadboard soffit to match the original exterior.


Full kitchen remodel.


Cherry wood-top island and beadboard paneling on ceiling.


Wellborn floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and Wolf gas range.


Kohler plumbing fixtures.


Cambria quartz countertops – Torquay.


Pella French doors.


Wet bar addition, featuring Wellborn cabinetry.

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Full bathroom remodel – Wellborn cabinetry, Kohler plumbing fixtures, and Cambria countertop.

At Strobel Design Build, we have come to appreciate both the charm and challenges that these historic homes bring. We understand the styles, materials and are well-prepared for hurdles that may present themselves during a historic home renovation. Don’t destroy your historic home with poor planning or trying to do it yourself – Leave it to the professionals at Strobel Design Build!

To see more historic restorations by Strobel Design Build, view our website gallery.

Top 8 Home Design Trends of 2016

Trends come and go. While there are many trends that we, at Strobel Design Build, are incredibly pleased to have gone out of style (read: carpeted bathrooms), there are certainly some trends that are longer lasting. The design experts at Strobel Design Build have picked out the trends they have incorporated into projects in 2015 (below) and foresee continuing for many years. Continue reading for the Strobel team’s Top 8 Home Design Trends of 2016!

1. White-on-White Spaces

whiteHistoric Old Northeast bathroom addition

In 2016, prominently white kitchens and bathrooms will continue to gain popularity. White cabinets paired with white countertops and backsplashes create a seamless look. The white kitchen generates a clean, bright, and even larger space…perfect for all the group gatherings in the room that has become the heart of the home.

2. Indoor/Outdoor Living

indoor:outdoorRemodel in Bayway Isles, St. Petersburg, FL

Located in ever-sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, the design experts at Strobel Design Build are well versed in indoor/outdoor living spaces! The indoor/outdoor living space trend allows for a smooth flow from the indoor living space to the outdoor. Imagine sliding glass doors, or double-French doors, that open up onto a covered sitting area with a fireplace and television.

3. Hardwood Flooring Throughout

hardwoodHistoric Old Northeast home with gleaming hardwood throughout

While hardwood flooring alone is not a new trend, hardwood flooring throughout an extensive area is increasing in popularity. Hardwood flooring is now being installed more frequently in the kitchen and then expanding into the dining and living rooms. Also, the color choice of the flooring is evolving from lighter to darker, and sometimes gray-toned stains.

4. Light Cabinetry Colors

cabinetryOld Clearwater, FL home built in 1925 – Bathrooms were kept true to their original design motif

As noted above in the white-on-white kitchen trend, 2016 will see an increase in the preference of light-colored cabinetry. Despite if it is the kitchen or bathroom, a lighter cabinet color, such as an off-white or gray, can create a brighter and more open space. Another cabinetry trend is floor-to-ceiling cabinets in kitchens—easily allowing you a place to hide utensils and gadgets.

5. Custom Built-Ins

builtinCustom addition in North St. Petersburg, FL

Strobel Design Build has seen its fair amount of original, 1920s built-in storage features in historic home remodeling projects in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. This trend is making its way full-circle as 2016 will see more homes incorporating custom built-in storage spaces, especially in laundry rooms and home offices.

6. Polished Chrome Fixtures

polishedTransitional bathroom in Northeast St. Petersburg, FL – ROHL polished chrome fixtures

Once overlooked, the finish on plumbing fixtures is an important design element in kitchens and bathrooms. A home design trend that is continuing into 2016 will be polished chrome plumbing fixtures. This finish can match both contemporary and classic design elements in a room.

7. Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood doorsCustom-made reclaimed wood barn/closet doors in Pass-a-Grille Beach, FL

The reclaimed wood trend can be implemented in a home in a variety of ways. First, instead of replacing old hardwood floors because you may not like the finish, they could be refinished and then re-stained. Second, reclaimed lumber could be used to create barn doors, a dining room table, or statement wall. Leave it to the experts to determine if reclaimed wood is safe to use in your home.

8. Lively Tiles

backsplashKitchen remodel in Bayway Isles, St. Petersburg, FL – Glass and Slate Series backsplash

Enthusiastic tiles will begin to spread throughout the home in 2016. Not only will we see these bright and intricate tiles in kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, we will see them as flooring and for fireplace mantles.

Did we miss your favorite home design trend? Let us know! And stay tuned for next week’s blog when the Strobel Design Build experts share about their trip to the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas!