The house was not the minimalist and modernist style Jobs would have designed if he had built a home from scratch.
Nor was it a large or distinctive mansion that would make people stop and take notice as they drove down his street in Palo Alto.
It was built in the 1930s by a local designer named Carr Jones,
who specialized in carefully crafted homes in the "storybook style" of English or French country cottages.
The two-story house was made of red brick, with exposed wood beams and a shingle roof with curved lines;
it evoked a rambling Cotswold cottage, or perhaps a home where a well-to-do Hobbit might have lived.
The one Californian touch was a mission-style courtyard framed by the wings of the house.
The two-story vaulted-ceiling living room was informal, with a floor of tile and terra- cotta.
At one end was a large triangular window leading up to the peak of the ceiling;
it had stained glass when Jobs bought it, as if it were a chapel, but he replaced it with clear glass.
The other renovation he and Powell made was to expand the kitchen
to include a wood-burning pizza oven and room for a long wooden table that would become the family's primary gathering place.
It was supposed to be a four-month renovation, but it took sixteen months because Jobs kept redoing the design.
They also bought the small house behind them and razed it to make a backyard,
which Powell turned into a beautiful natural garden filled with a profusion of seasonal flowers along with vegetables and herbs.