We are very excited to start our work on this classic, mid-century ranch-style house in Ladera Heights. We will remodel the interior finishes with hardwood and terrazzo flooring, upgrade all the finishes and remove a twenty-five foot dividing wall between the kitchen and the dining room. New exterior paint and windows will complete this ambitious remodel.
We will be replacing some of the windows and changing the exterior color of the house and trim. We will maintain the exterior architectural details of the existing house.
ORIGINAL WOOD SIDING
This original wood siding will be stripped, repaired and repainted with a period color which will complement the existing materials and finishes in the project, ie: stone, terrazzo and plant materials.
We will maintain the wood siding and the stonework. The new doors will be hardwood, with a glass panel inlay.
STONE AT ENTRY
This is the original stonework at the exterior of the house. In our renovation, we will clean and repair all of this vintage stone at the front, the entry and the planters around the house.
STONE FIREPLACE AT LIVING ROOM
We will keep the existing fireplace (of course) which has two sides. This side features a polished alabaster detail at the wall and the floor. We will replace the carpet with hardwood flooring.
TERRAZZO FLOORING AT ENTRY
We will keep this exquisite flooring material as it is original to the house and is also in excellent condition.
EXISTING BAR AT DINING ROOM
This is the existing bar at the dining room. It features a step-down terrazzo floor, with cabinets, shelving and a bar sink. We will rebuild a small portion of the counter behind the bar, but keep all of the existing curved bar and shelving behind.
BRICKWORK AT FIREPLACE
This is the other side of the fireplace in the dining room, it is a mixed color brick work. It appears that the brick at the bar area may have been added at a later date after the original construction as it is slightly different than the brick at the fireplace. Again, we will maintain this brick and possibly give it a white wash to blend with the color pallet of the renovation.
The backyard has a large pool and modest landscaping. We will address this space too in our new scheme.
Located in Irvine, this house was severely damaged by fire. We see it as an opportunity to remodel the existing house, improve the floorplan and upgrade the finishes. We are adding more windows for natural light, another bedroom, more cabinetry and shelving, and an improved pantry and laundry room.
STREET VIEW CIRCA 1971
This is an image of the house when it was new in 1971. We will return the exterior to its original color scheme of dual tone browns with rough lumber trim. On the inside, we have made some changes which will improve the lower floor layout, provide larger bedrooms, more closet space, and more natural daylighting.
The exterior color scheme is light tan with a dark brown trim just as it was in 1971.
We have added a bedroom to the first floor and created more light in the kitchen by opening up the exterior wall and bringing in a twelve foot garden window. The second floor shows a vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom and the hallway area on the second floor with four separate areas for linen storage. The master bedroom is larger now with two his and hers walk-in closets and a double vanity.
COVER OF THE SECOND SALES MAP
Culverdale was completed in four phases built in a counter-clockwise order. This brochure shows the first two-fourths, or the first half of the planned development.
VICINITY MAP CIRCA 1969
This is the vicinity map which shows the location of Culverdale, adjacent Culver Drive. The City of Irvine had not yet been incorporated as a city until 1971.
STREET DIAGRAM-SECOND SALES MAP
This map shows the location of the streets and plots for the first half of the development. The lower right area shows a pen sketch of where the next phase of construction was planned. The street indicated by ink is Cosley Street, where the project house is located.
COVER OF THE THIRD SALES MAP
This map was produced around 1970 and shows the third phase of development of Culverdale.
VICINITY MAP CIRCA 1970
This map was produced around 1970 and shows the sales office with a Santa Ana address. The location of Culverdale would be in the city of Irvine, in 1971 after its incoporation.
STREET DIAGRAM-THIRD SALES MAP
This diagram shows the third phase of devlepment in the southeast portion of Culverdale. Our project is located on Cosley street which is highlighted to the south of the park. There is an arrow though the park and an X where the house is located. This was drawn on the brochure by the sales agent from clubouse/rec center as directions to the original plot of land for the owners to review. They walked through the fully built park and to a flat plot of land to consider the purchase of a home that was not yet built.
This is another full color layout from the original sales brochure showing the centrally located, Culverdale Park. Many of the streets had yet to be designed or illustrated in this rendering.
This is a spread from the original brochure in full color. It shows the amenities at the park in Culverdale.
This building still exists today with the swimming pool in it original state. The sales office was located next door.
This is the original floorplan diagram from the original sales brochure. The house that was built was slightly different than advertised and the builder ultimately saved costs on things like windows and plumbing. When we removed the drywall in the master bedroom we found it had been framed for new windows which were never installed-until now.
These are the original renderings for PLAN 44. They show a variations of a two-story house of about nineteen hundred square feet. Our house is the one at the top-The Cambridge. The builder added the six-foot stucco wall around a concrete patio at the front of the house and left large roof timbers of rough sawn lumber exposed. The house had squared openings with a strong horizontal presence at the street view.
The house has good natural light now and the vaulted ceiling over the entry is both dramatic and emblematic of mid-century architecture. The hallway, seen here, will have several spaces for linens and storage and will also select a wallpaper pattern for the second floor hallway area to accentuate this common space.
This image shows the new framing on the second floor. This is from the hallway. Some of the burned lumber can still be seen at the stair guardrail and stringer.
The rebuild is coming along nicely. This is an image in side the master bedroom. To the left is the new, much larger master bathroom, with walk-in closets. The room will also maintain its vaulted ceiling and we have added a large strip window to the back wall to bring in natural daylighting from the west. This room was dark in the afternoons, now it will have even light throughout the day.
Many of the new windows have been framed. The house will get new insulation on the exterior walls and roof.
The post and beam is visible in the master bedroom vaulted ceiling. Of course we will restore this detail.
The interior of the house has been demolished down to the wood framing. This area with the vaulted ceiling is the master bedroom. The new plans show a restored master bedroom with more windows, more closet space and larger master bathroom with a walk-in shower.
This Spanish-Mediterranean styled home needs more space. Our work is to add a second floor to this modest home and maintain its charm and street appeal.
This beautiful home in Pasadena needs some more space. We will be adding a generous master suite with a zen sitting room, expand the kitchen on the first floor and create more natural light throughout the house. We will also be adding a pool and native gardens to the project.
Stay tuned as this house progresses form the design phase into construction.
Shows the high roofline and dormer windows.
The front of this beautiful house will remain largely unchanged after our construction. Although the addition will beat the back of the house, we will also be replacing the doors and windows, the roof and repainting the exterior.
BACK VIEW (SOUTH)
We are looking at where the additional portion of the house will be constructed. The left side of this house when viewed from this angle shows the area where we will be adding the new kitchen, living and breakfast nook areas, and the master bedroom suite above on the second floor. The consideration at this time is the roofline, which we are considering here.
This Tudor styled residence in Los Feliz underwent a full interior remodel with exterior deck and landscape, now we will add a pool room at the ground level, a swimming pool and a master suite.
A sloping site, two lots are joined with the new pool, patios, gardens and attached guest house will be located
This is the previous design for the adjacent lot. Our current design shows the new pool and guest house.
The project is to expand the kitchen, bedroom and dining room on the first floor and add a lap pool for the avid swimmer at this two story, spanish - mediterranean styled, home in Venice.
SITE PLAN AND FLOOR PLAN
The site plan shows the new lap pool and the additional space to the house. There is also a deck and concrete hardscape around the pool and a long planter along the length of the pool.
The floorplan shows a larger kitchen, a removed dividing wall between the existing kitchen and dining room, and a bedroom/work room for the photgrapher client who needs a dim space with long walls for working and displaying work.
There is also a laundry room with washer/dryer and a utility sink as well as pantry space to support the kitchen.
The relocated bathroom at the back of the house supports the pool area too.
BACK OF HOUSE
This is the area where we will add space to the house. The lower floor will have an expanded kitchen, dining room and bedroom/work space which will access the wood deck and pool area.
SURVEYING THE SITE
In our efforts to maintain the existing mature trees, we will assure that the construction does not interfere with the roots of the trees.
The project arborist is consulted to determine how close we can build to the existing trees in the back of the house. Of course, we do not want to disturb these large these shade trees.