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Neighbours fume over 'Up'-inspired remodelling of old Victorian in Santa Clara, Calif.

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An 'Up'-inspired remodelling stirred controversy on a California street. (Screengrab/NBC Bay Area)

A two-year renovation of an old Victorian inspired by Up stirred an uproar on a highly-coveted California street lined with historic homes. 

Hosam Haggog and Fatima Rahman, whose daughters love Up, took cues from the Pixar flick to remodel the property on Harrison Street, the oldest street in Santa Clara, Calif., according to NBC Bay Area.

"We just thought we'd give them something fun to be proud of," Haggog said, adding that neighbourhood children also "really love the colours." 

But neighbours, who strive to keep the historic look of the homes intact, were fuming over the pastel-coloured makeover. 

"I don't think it fits in," Lou Faria, a member of the area residents' association, told NBC Bay Area, adding that the homeowners should have stuck to the historic theme of the area.

"It really, in my opinion, is atrocious that this Victorian is a gracious old lady and it's been painted up to look like a clown," he said.

Rahman said their intent with the revamp was not to ignite controversy. 

"We're trying to build a home for our daughters and our family. And that's what our intention was."

Neighbours said they think the city's planning staff did not review the renovation plans thoroughly to avoid structural changes, NBC Bay Area reported. According to a 2013 San Jose Mercury News report, the department approved plans for the house without referring it to the Historic Landmarks Commission (which makes recommendations for historic homes), fuelling controversy.

Neighbour Chuck Petersen told NBC Bay Area that while he prefers "historical houses to be historical," he recognizes that "this is [their] house and I feel that some time down the line it's going to be repainted again anyway."

What do you think of the outrage over the remodelling? 

Tags: California, Controversy, Reaction, Renovation, Santa Clara, Up, Victorian Home

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