But the interior is an entirely different story. The owner, notable Sacramento psychiatrist Lewis Walter Kraft, was also a prolific artist who spent more than two decades fashioning the home into a work of custom art strongly reminiscent of the style of famed modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, emphasizing curves, bold colors and grandiose concepts.
“His home was his canvas,” said Lyon Real estate listing agent Janet Carlson, who knew Kraft well. “He was building a world for himself in that property.”
Kraft died in April at age 59, according to his obituary
in the Davis Enterprise
, leaving the work unfinished.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,320-square-foot house was built in 1940. Kraft bought it in 1997 and worked over the years to transform it, Carlson said. He focused on making it a “curvalinear” space with Gaudi-inspired murals and idiosyncratic built-in seating.
To add depth to the home’s designs, he used at least 5,000 tubes of caulking compound along with styrofoam and wood scraps, many of which appear prominently in a room Carlson said was designed to look like “two trees.”
Carlson said Kraft didn’t specifically reference Gaudi, whose homes and buildings visitors flock to see in Barcelona, Spain, most notably the soaring Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, a church that he left unfinished. However, she said she wouldn’t be surprised if Kraft was channeling Gaudi in his dream for his home.
“He was an extraordinarily bright and brilliant man,” said Carlson of Kraft. “He was very creative and I can easily see him enjoying that kind of fantastical world that Gaudi built in Barcelona.”
Only two rooms in the home were named, she added. One is the “Bodega room,” which features a colorful mural and served as the entertaining space opening up to the pool
The other is the “Volcano room,” which was the owner’s bedroom. Its dark blue and brown textured walls evoke a volcano, with dark red hues on the floor resembling lava.
Kraft was also a prolific collector, with troves including Royal Doulton collectibles, as well as martini glasses (he had more than 60). An
online estate sale
of his extensive and eclectic belongings, including everything from art, furniture, tableware and figurines to rock concert posters and ticket stubs, is still active.
At the time of his death, he was still working on the dining room and various other parts of the home, said Carlson.
Though the home’s highly specific style isn’t likely for everyone, Carlson said a fair portion of potential buyers have shown interest in retaining Kraft’s artwork, at least a portion of it. She said she’s already given multiple showings and received dozens of calls about the property.
Annie Vainshtein (she/her) is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @annievain