This is our ambitious remodel in Eagle Rock. The house interior has an exposed, vaulted, post and beam ceiling, globe lighting, hardwood floors and cabinets with a restored brick fireplace.
The landscaping is comprised of drought tolerant and native plant materials. We used agaves, lavender and gravel to cut down on the water consumption.
This modest house on Hill Drive sits on a corner lot. We remodeled the interior and exterior of this 3 bedroom/2 bathroom house using mid-century modern colors and materials.
We used colors from the mid century pallet to select the exterior and interior colors. Our plant materials are native to California and drought tolerant-Agave Attenuata, Senecio Mandraliscae, Blue Fescue grasses and red flax. We used gravel and decomposed granite for the ground cover with drip irrigation throughout.
The plans shows the large main space at the top. We removed several walls at the top floor to create an open floor plan. When the project was spaced planned, we have five seating areas in the upper main space, each with its own connection to the spaces.
LIVING ROOM AND KITCHEN
We used a dark walnut for the flooring and cabinetry and we contrasted it with bright white for walls, counters and wall cabinets.
The kitchen is a large open space with a generous center island with a 5-burner cooktop with a downdraft exhaust vent. The large center island offers adequate storage.
We vaulted the ceiling through the entire main space and restored the existing fireplace. The gable glass below the roof beam allows for the exterior garden and light to illuminate the interior of the house. The large sliding doors allow light and breezes to enter the space.
KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM
This image shows the two dining areas, the kitchen and the living room. This house on the hill is also on a corner, and has two entry doors. We made them both Eichler orange and used globe lighting to light the large space evenly.
DINING AREA AND SITTING ROOM
This image shows the rear patio and the door to the laundry and powder rooms.
KITCHEN, DINING AND LIVING ROOM
This image shows the open floor plan and the entry at the living room. The exposed, vaulted ceiling complements the flat walnut cabinets from SEMIHANDMADE and the walnut flooring.
We remodeled this existing bathroom with cool grey slate tile for the flooring and shower. We matched the finishes with a vertical subway tile and a clean, grey quartz counter with a butcher block vanity shelf at the mirror.
MASTER BATH SHOWER
This shower was designed to be a large shower in a small room. We have designed the entire room to be a shower with a modest tempered glass return to prevent splashing. The space works very well and we have incorporated a vanity space too.
This room has a nice, long view to the setting sun to the west. We maintained the existing wood flooring on the residential side of the house and rebuilt al of the closets and cabinetry. We also installed new lighting, plumbing and electrical fixtures, dimmers and outlets throughout.
Our strategy for the bathrooms on this project was simple. Cool grey counters and flooring, white vertical subway tile, vanity mirror which extends to the backsplash. Chrome tipped light bulbs and recessed lighting finish the design of this marvelous bathroom.
This is the view from the front door before the project began. It is hardly recognizable. We removed the dividing walls between the living room, dining room and kitchen to open up the floor plan and we also vaulted the ceiling
Built in 1958, this example of a classic, mid-century modern home has great bones. The original U-shaped floorplan design allowed for natural lighting to be the best during the mid-day. Our work was to make a few adjustments to create another bedroom, improve the relationship between the interior and the exterior spaces, and create better lighting inside the house during all times of the day.
We respect the design intent of the house and have worked hard to preserve as much as possible on the inside and outside of the structure.
All of the original stonework on the exterior and the interior was preserved and refurbished to its original condition.
The house reveals very little from the outside. Inside is abundant natural lighting, 4 bedrooms and bathrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen and dining with a courtyard and swimming pool.
The design strategy for this gem, was a light touch-both inside and out.
The house makes a courtyard with a swimming pool in the center at the end. This plan shows the arrangement of the 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Our work on the layout was to subdivide a larger bedroom into two smaller rooms of reasonable scale and relocated the bathroom and laundry for convenience.
This room at the entry has a fireplace but was painted a dark color and being situated on the north side of the house, it gets no direct sunlight. We used white interior paint colors, light colored low pile carpet and recessed lighting to brighten up this room.
The fireplace was cleaned and refinished. We used a black color for the trim and left the stone in its original condition.
The family room has exposed beams and an second fireplace. The room was much darker when the clients purchased the house as it had a large patio cover over the courtyard area, drastically cutting down on the natural light into the space. To brighten this central space, we removed the imposing structure in the courtyard, used light colors on the floor, walls and ceiling and installed recessed lighting in the ceiling to ensure great lighting throughout the changing daylight conditions of the house.
With both a living room for reading, this family room is centrally located and the best space for activity. As in all of the bathrooms and kitchen, we custom built this entertainment center, lower cabinets with floating shelves and under shelf lighting.
This courtyard house had glass walls on the interior side. We opened the wall to the right by removing a small window and adding sliding doors to balance the lighting and allow for a better connection to the outside of the house.
The flow between the kitchen, dining and family room is much better now. So is the light. We removed large upper cabinets and dated linoleum tile to connect these important spaces. To improve the quality of light, we kept the white with black trim motif and used black quartz counters with white slab-front, frameless cabinets.
Has sliding glass doors leading into the courtyard and a private bathroom with walk-in closet.
Has double sinks and a floating vanity.
All bathrooms were built with white floating vanities, white subway tile, light colored porcelean tile, white paint, chrome fixtures and black trim.
We removed a large shade structure which had been placed over the pool area which drastically cut out the light into the house. It was replaced with a pair of light sailcloth panels instead. The lighter colors, improved landscaping and renovated hardscape make this central space, truly extraordinary. It was important to open up this space properly to allow for a better and even light flow into the house.
This mid-century home, located in Baldwin Hills Estates, has a post and beam ceiling, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a nice view of downtown LA. We did a full remodel-new flooring, bathrooms, kitchen, ceiling, interior and exterior paint and landscaping.
We have opened up the floorplan to produce a better connection between the kitchen and living areas in the main space by removing a dividing wall, reconditioning the post and beam ceiling, and unifying the finishes throughout the house.
on the house we used two shades of cool grey with white accents around the roof and windows. The new portion of the landscape uses drought tolerant, native California plant materials with drip irrigation.
Shows the 2 bedrooms with the 2 bathrooms between, a large family room with the kitchen and dining rooms facing the backyard.
At the entry we replaced the planters with low pedestals for large pots which complement the exterior colors. We used a hardwood door with reeded glass for privacy but which brings more light into the house.
This light filled room connects to the backyard and native garden. We installed a floating cabinet for storage, bookshelves and space for the television.
Throughout the house we used a light hardwood flooring and rebuilt the ceiling which had been covered in wood paneling and acoustic tiles when we started.
We removed the wall to the right between the kitchen and the living room and created an open bar area which helps to light the space more evenly with natural light.
We restored the existing fireplace.
DINING ROOM / KITCHEN
By removing the wall to the right it brings better light and connection to the living areas in the house. The backyard landscaping serves as a nice backdrop to daily living and can be enjoyed from all of the areas in the main space.
This image shows the bar area where we removed the dividing wall between the kitchen and large living room. The 3x9 bar adds to the already ample, storage in the kitchen with lower hardwood cabinets by SEMIHANDMADE which are accessible from the kitchen and creates a great space during entertaining or a great workspace during the week.
We have a new a large panel window to bring in as much natural light as possible and natural hardwood cabinets by SEMIHANDMADE with white quartz counters. The new globe lighting was also used in the kitchen and controlled with dimmer switches.
By removing the wall between the kitchen and the living room, a larger, more unified space is created with abundant natural light and visual connections.
The new ceiling was extended throughout all of the rooms in the house including the bedrooms. For lighting, we specified white surface mount fixtures with a chrome tipped bulb to reduce glare. In the center of the room, a large globe lamp.
In the bathrooms we used cement tile flooring with a stripe, paired with floating vanities with pure white quartz counters and backsplash. At the mirror are surface mount vanity lights and a hardwood shelf.
In the shower we keep the striped flooring and use a clean line of tempered glass to enclose the space. A shampoo cubby is standard. Note the detail at the top of the shower glass aligns with to top of the door. Details are always very important in all of our projects.
Both of the bathrooms use the same finishes and are very bright.
This is the new wood flooring at the new sliding door with the new tile flooring at the deck. These soft materials work well together.
BEDROOM CEILING DETAIL
Simple enough, but a lot of work went into making this beautiful ceiling. Tongue and groove ceiling between post and beam rafters. Surface mount light fixtures with mirror tipped light incandescent light bulbs. Large modern light fixture.
White quartz counter and backsplash, hardwood vanity ledge, mirror and outlet.
White quartz counter and backsplash, undermount sink, chrome faucets, floating vanity, hardwood vanity shelf, outlet and vanity light switch.
This drawing shows the form of the house and the vaulted ceiling in the main space. The kitchen has three counter top areas, the third at the wall which was removed from the original house.
Shows the removal of the wall between the living room and the kitchen. The kitchen has been expanded and the line of the post and beam ceiling has been exposed.
Shows the vaulted post and beam ceiling above the bar at the kitchen. The light colored hardwood for the cabinets will match the flooring. We may use globe lighting too.
We solved a big problem with this ceiling material. Our method of installation allows for a simple installation of the overhead globe lights.
This image shows the new ceiling material and our opening to the kitchen. You can see the new structural beam in this image which we will integrate with the existing beam to show a larger and grander ceiling line.
After we removed the old flooring, we need to put a new subfloor.
This two-story house was severely damaged by fire. We remodeled the interior and exterior of house, improved the floorplan and upgraded the finishes.
The new design has more windows for natural light, another bedroom, more cabinetry and shelving, and an improved pantry and laundry room.
The profile of the original house is long and low with the narrow windows tucked under the roofline eaves.
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.
At the entry of the house, the new tall windows bring natural light into the front sitting room during the daytime.
The brick hardscape reflects existing finishes in the house and in the backyard.
LIVING ROOM at the ENTRY
The first floor entry is a double height space with new hardwood flooring, hardwood stair with the original iron handrail, restored.
In the living room, the existing fireplace was refurbished and new cabinetry installed at this wall. For maximum storage, the upper shelves float over drawers and lower cabinets.
The dining room connects better now to the living room as the existing partition wall was reduced in size. The new hardwood flooring extends into the entry area.
Two banks of grey cabinets, with stone tops were designed for this room for keeping dishes and linens. The room has good natural daylight from the large sliding glass doors at the southern back of the house.
In this room and the house throughout, the hardwood finishes are similar and the dining room connects to a bonus room at the front of the house.
The vaulted ceiling and tall windows make this a very bright room.
The bank of grey cabinets are topped with white quartz and white upper cabinets to allow for the natural light to move through the space from the backyard to the front bonus room.
KITCHEN AT DINING ROOM
The kitchen is larger and brighter now. The exposed wood beams at the ceiling indicate where the previous walls were located before the extensive remodel of the house.
White upper cabinets are used again in the kitchen with a complimentary white microwave. The return at the counter is useful for more counter space and for staging at holiday gatherings.
The counter was extended into a custom-built garden window which provides a generous and stunning amount of bright counter space with a panoramic view of the backyard landscape. The pantry and laundry room can be in the next room.
This room has full height cabinets for storage with washer and dryer and a countertop with a utility sink.
The powder room was designed with a square, clay tile with a sylish pattern. A floating hardwood vanity is topped with white quartz, chrome faucets and a white undermount sink. A storage cabinet and shelf are shown over the toilet for storage and style.
The hallway at the top of the stairs uses a vaulted ceiling for natural light and tall windows. Warm carpet, natural wood and pinstripe wallpaper make this a cozy and bright space.
HALLWAY AT STAIR
This is an exquisiste moment in the project where the collection of finishes and spaces all come together. The soft wood of the handrail and stair stringer extend from the hardwood flooring below up into the vaulted ceiling of the second floor passage. The vertical stripes of the pinstripe wallpaper extend the eye from the iron guardrail into the hallway loft.
At the hallway there are built in cabinets for linens and storage. This image shows a cubby into the guest bathroom.
The floating cabinet at the hallway linen cubby compliment the floating vanity inside the guest bathroom. The difference in finishes in consistent in the project with white shaker cabinetry shown at the common spaces in the house with the bathrooms built with hardwood over square, clay tiles. White subway tile is shown in the shower area and a cabinet shelf on the wall for storage and style.
The guest bathroom has our signature pinstripe clay tile and hardwood floating vanity with quartz countertop and undermount sink. The issue of storage is resolved with a combination cabinet and shelf over the toilet.
The strip windows at the shower bring natural light into the space.
The master bathroom features a floating double vanity with lower and tall side cabinets. There is a center space for a sitting vanity.
The shower features a hand shower, a rain shower at the ceiling and a generous shower cubby on the wall.
The exterior color scheme is light tan with a dark brown trim just as it was in 1971.
Finishing the beams in the kitchen.
The beams in the kitchen are being prepared for finishing. The back window will also be installed soon, it is twelve feet long and very heavy.
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.
Many of the new windows have been framed. The house will get new insulation on the exterior walls and roof.
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.
STREET VIEW CIRCA 1971
This is an image of the house when it was new in 1971.
We have returned the exterior to its original color scheme of dual tone browns with rough lumber trim. On the inside, we have made some changes which have improved the lower floor layout, provided larger bedrooms with more closet space, and more natural daylighting.
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.
Located in Glassell Park, Los Angeles. This two-story, 3 bedroom-2.5 bath is from the mid-century era and was restored to preserve the interior and exterior characteristics of the house. The upper entry floor offers a private office, an open floor plan with kitchen, dining room and living room. The expansive views are captured with sliding glass doors and an expansive deck. The post-and-beam open ceilings were maintained throughout the upper floor. The use of authentic globe lighting, hardwood flooring and native, drought tolerant landscaping complete this hillside house.
This modest house was fully remodeled on the interior and exterior. We renovated the landscape with native, drought tolerant plant materials.
The open floor plan offers magnificent views to the north. The post and beam ceiling were restored and we installed new track lighting in the space.
The newly remodeled kitchen shows hardwood flooring, matching faux Italian wood cabinets with quartz counters, new appliances and a nice green subway tile for the wall to frame the window view.
For the kitchen, we chose cool colors which would compliment the exterior landscaping and new exterior colors.
ENTRY, DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN
The upper floor has an open floor plan main space. This images shows the entry with new hardwood flooring, original post and beam ceiling with track lighting and the remodeled kitchen.
We also took care to restore the exterior balconies to the rear of the house. We used large panels of tempered glass to optimize the long views to the northeast.
This office was need some work when we started. We restored all of the existing built in cabinetry and the post and beam ceiling. Again, we integrated track lighting for a better work space. This office also has a private restroom.
This small bathroom was remodeled using the same finishes as the kitchen-wood cabinets and quartz counters. The lighter colors brighten the space, considerably.
The master bedroom was also restored with hardwood flooring, an exterior deck with glass railing and an attached master bath suite.
The master bathroom was also fully remodeled with wood cabinets, tile flooring, a large shower and abundant lighting.
We used the same finishes in the bathrooms and kitchen for a consistent aesthetic throughout the house. The result is a light filled house with bright spaces.
This little mid century house is real charmer. Great light and a nice main space for entertaining but it is cut off from the kitchen with a large fireplace which is located in the center of the room.
Our work was to remove a portion of the fireplace an open up the floor plan to better connect the kitchen/dining area with the main living space and remodel the interior.
The house, built in 1954, has a simple, post and beam roofline. Our work on this project was the dramatic remodel of the interior space.
SITE PLAN - CROSS SECTION
What a nice roofline. We have honored this example of mid-century architecture by maintaining a complementing the vaulted ceiling in the main space.
The main space in the house has been transformed dramatically by the removal of the large fireplace which divided the space. New flooring, cabinets, counters and lighting complete the transformation.
We maintained the lower portion of the existing fireplace and used it to connect the kitchen to the living room as a large counter and bar. The new hardwood shelving was built in the kitchen and bathrooms.
We used white marble on the kitchen walls and paid attention to details.
KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM
The large bar in the center of the space is large, it's 5 feet by 10 feet. Seems large, but it is used during the week as a breakfast nook in the morning, a workspace in the day, a place to have dinner and watch movies at night, and a space for drinks during a party.
The kitchen uses white marble for the counters, backsplashes and walls. Globe lighting and track lighting were used to brighten this room in the house. The grey cabinets are a cool complement to the hardwood plank flooring.
Shelf and cabinet at kitchen backsplash
KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM
In the kitchen and the dining room we used the same hardwood plank flooring as the rest of the house. Natural hardwood shelving, with ample marble with brass details complete the design.
We used the same cool grey cabinets and white marble as in the kitchen complemented here with white hex tile and a hardwood shelf.
Bathroom vanity with white hexagon tile backsplash, grey marble counter, undermount sink, and hardwood vanity ledge.
In the bedrooms we used the same hardwood flooring, natural window coverings and soft lighting.
This lovely space has a floating vanity with a powder area, black and white cement tiles, white hex tiles, crank-out casement window with reeded glass for privacy and hardwood shelving for linens.
The back of the house is also ideal for enjoying private views and for entertaining and now with removal of the fireplace on the interior, the open floor plan merges much better with the back of the house at the outside.
CONSTRUCTION PHOTO-AFTER FIREPLACE DEMOLITION
Big empty spot here, and our work continues. Next is the new flooring, ceiling finishing and cabinetry.
The new flooring has been installed. Here is a photo before it gets covered for the remainder of the construction. The rough spot in the brickwork will be covered with new cabinets.
This image shows the framing for the new hardwood pocket door and insulation before the new drywall.
There are a few decisions to be made as we proceed with the construction in the master bathroom.
No, a bomb did not go off in here. We removed the fireplace, demolition is going well and in a couple of days we will have this part of the process complete.
After we removed the upper portion of the chimney, you can see that the space has opened up and the structure of the house is exposed. We will rebuild the corner of the wall at the kitchen and maintain the exposed beam.
This image shows the existing fireplace which will be removed.
Getting ready for demolition in the bathrooms, kitchen and the chimney and a portion of the fireplace.
We used several of these slabs of carerra marble. It was important to find a large lot with consistent color for the project as we used the same marble throughout the house and bathrooms.
Completed in 2014-Master Bath Suite Addition and remodel.
We added a master bathroom with a walk in closet and remodeled the master bedroom in this 3 bedroom-2 bath single story house in Highland Park.
The house had been moved in 1947 to the current location and it had some problems: only one bathroom, a dead-end master bedroom with no light, an awkward entry and no connection to the large terraced backyard.
Our solution was to create more space for the master bathroom with a walk in closet using the same tile floor material for seamless transition for dressing. The bathroom has a his and hers separate vanities and a shower with clean lines, natural light through a glass wall and skylight. A sit bench in the shower is a must and so is the infinity drain concealed beneath the bench.
The entry was changed dramatically and we used reeded glass for the door to keep privacy but allow for natural light. The master bedroom was the opportunity to connect the house to backyard and create a better space altogether ideal for lingering in bed on a Sunday morning to enjoy the early sun from the east.
We added the entry portion to the house to the left.
Shows the addition of the master bathroom and expansive walk-in closet. Both rooms will have plenty of natural sunlight from the windows and skylight.
We chose an elegant privacy glass for the front entry and new wood windows to match the existing house.
His and Her separate vanities, each with drawers and a tall cabinet for linens. Note the clean lines around the glass, mirrors and cabinets. Detail is very important in all of our projects.
New Master Bathroom
This is the bathroom which was added for the master bedroom. Styled with floating vanities with vertical lines to complement the tongue and groove wall finish. The flooring and wainscot is a porcelean wood tile which we used for shower and walk in closet. The shower has plenty of natural light from the skylight in the vaulted ceiling and the large panel of frosted glass over the sit bench.
This shower feels expansive with a tiled skylight, large soap cubby, a comfortable sit bench, convenient infinity drain, and frameless glass.
This is the remodeled master bedroom. We removed the existing tiny closet, opened up the wall and brought in new wooden French doors with operable side windows to create a connection to the backyard. It is now the favorite room for the cats. Note the connection to the master bath and huge walk in closet.
Master bedroom french doors and modest "connection-deck" to the backyard.
Drawing shows a snapshot of our light-filled master bath shower. Skylight, window, sitting bench and full height privacy glass will ensure this will be a bright space in the morning.
This image shows the exterior redwood siding for our master bath addition. The frosted glass will let filtered, natural light into the shower.
This house never had a cooling system so we installed a new HVAC system with a NEST thermostat. We finished just in time for the big heat wave in July 2014.
Wow, this house has been through a lot. It was moved to this location in 1947 from Echo Park. Many of the original doors and window openings had been covered and there was some minor foundation damage. We used the space to the right of the house shown in this image for master suite addidtion.
This is the entry after the wall has been removed, which made the kitchen very dark. This image shows the bright entry with a bar at the kitchen and new cabinetry,
This is the area which had a large dividing wall. We removed it and rebuilt the kitchen with an open counter, globe lighting and a hardwood front door with a glass inlay to allow more natural light to enter the house.
This is an interior remodel of a single story home in Echo Park. We replaced the entry door with a hardwood door with a privacy glass inlay.
The entry to the house has a hardwood door with a glass inlay.
The floorplan shows the kitchen with a large portion of the entry wall removed. Also gone, is the wall and louvers which were seperating the dining and kitchen areas. The bathroom is much larger now too with a walk in shower with a sit bench and infinity drain, floating vanity and a large window for natural light.
This is the view form the new kitchen toward the living room after the wall has been removed.
The main space has been extensively remodeled. We refinished the existing hardwood floors and installed new lighting. The existing fireplace has been cleaned and refurbished. New paint and doors, brighten the main space considerably.
With the walls removed at the end of the room and around the kitchen allow for a more even lit space and better connection between spaces.
This image shows the entry and the opening to the bathroom and the bedrooms where we used a new pocket door.
This is another area where we removed an existing wall. We placed a large mirror at the end of the room.
The new kitchen is bigger and brighter now. The new oak flooring matches the existing floor. There is a sit bar at the long counter where the previous wall was located.
The long living room has new recessed lighting and a closet in the corner. The existing windows to the left offer generous views of the Hollywood hills.
The built in cabinets were removed from this space and replaced with furniture. The refurbished fireplace divides the main space.
We used black hexagon tile for the floor, floating hardwood vanities and brass plumbing and lighting fixtures.
In the shower, we used black and white hexagon tiles with brass plumbing fixtures. The space has a site bench with an infinity drain below.
The master bedroom has also been refurbished with hardwood flooring, new paint and window coverings.
This kitchen is dark and cramped. We have some solutions.
LIVING ROOM AND FIREPLACE
We love the fireplace, and will clean and restore the tile landing. It has been covered with tile by the previous owner. We found the original patio stones below but we could not save them. We will use a nice substitute, likely a twelve by twelve terra cotta tile or patio brick which will match the dimensions of the existing brickwork.
We will be removing all of the cabinetry, the false wall in front of the stair to below, and the popcorn ceiling. We will also restore the brick tile at the fireplace landing.
LIVING AND DINING AREA
We will remove the partition on front of the staircase and install a simple iron guardrail. It will open up the space and create more area for the dining room table and pendant lighting. The hardwood floors will be sanded, and resealed with a lighter finish.
DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN
There is no connection between the kitchen and the dining room, the floors are too dark and the kitchen is lost back there somewhere.
The bedrooms are behind this wall and we will be remodeling the bathroom as well, right now its an odd layout and we will be working on that too. The room behind the fireplace will function as a secondary living room space and an informal work space. It too has good light and very nice views.
We have removed all of the materials in the kitchen and a portion of the wall at the entrance too. Our strategy is to open up this kitchen and create better light and a better connection to the main space.
The bathroom remodel is underway too.
We are putting in a new electrical panel, recessed lighting, vanity lighting, switches and outlets in all of the rooms.
DEMOLITION AT FIREPLACE
We could not save the old bricks. But we will find suitable replacements to complement the fireplace brick.
The brass fireplace enclosure has been removed showing the original open fireplace, quite nice. We will clean up the bricks, replace the broken ones and repaint the interior and post a dark, flat black.
This is the fireplace after the preliminary demolition. We will remove the brass enclosure to inspect the fireplace.
DEMOLITION AT FIREPLACE
We are removing all of the old material around the fireplace at the floor because it had been covered with tile over the original brick.
The back of the fireplace is constructed of standard red bricks to save costs during the original construction.
TILE AT FIREPLACE AND REFINISHED FLOORING-CONSTRUCTION PHOTO
We have finished the installation of the new tile and the refinishing of the existing hardwood floor. We have removed the brass fireplace enclosure and will leave this open and paint the interior of the fireplace after we clean the bricks, next.
This Spanish Mediterranean styled two-story home is in Windsor Hills Estates. This wonderful house had great bones and good light, but it needed updating. After a full remodel to the interior and exterior, removal of a large wall between the kitchen and dining room, the house now has a better flow with natural light throughout the space.
This project offered some unique design opportunities: ten foot ceilings, arched openings, a large space for the kitchen and a mud room.
This Spanish Mediterranean Styled home underwent a full, extensive remodel of the interior and exterior. Our efforts were to maintain as much of the original house as possible while creating better spaces for modern living.
Shows the house with the new landscape strategy to address drainage. We will be using some modest patches of grass in back and front with decomposed granite and recycled concrete slabs accentuated with native plant materials.
At the front entry, we restored the existing wood windows, and used a smooth terra cotta tile for the patio surface to match the tile roof.
TILE, PLANTS AND POTTERY
We also specified a period color scheme, pottery and plant materials for the project.
The original front door, wide and heavy, was restored, new glass and repaired the ironwork. Matte black hardware and hinges were specified for the project.
The original hardwood floors were restored, the ten foot ceilings were scraped, and painted and recessed lights and a pendant light were installed to light the space evenly.
The large arched windows at the front of the house were replaced due to extensive damage. The fireplace mantle was restored and rebuilt as an media center for the television.
This image shows the large, main living space showing the living and dining rooms. With new lighting and windows, the natural light in the space is abundant.
The dining room connects to both the kitchen and living rooms. The opening to the dining room was widened and recessed lighting and pendant lights were installed.
KITCHEN / DINING ROOM
To create a more open floor plan, a large dividing wall was removed between the kitchen and the dining room. The wood beam at the ceiling shows where the wall was located in the original construction. The ceilings in both the kitchen and dining room were coved to match the living room detail. Recessed lighting, pendant lights and a surface mount light over the sink were installed to ensure even lighting.
The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and shaker style cabinets with grey lowers and white uppers and the refrigerator panel to keep the space bright.
The flooring in the kitchen is a smooth terra cotta clay tile which extends into the mudroom. The plumbing and lighting fixtures are matte black as well as the cabinet handles.
The kitchen is tall and wide. A center island allows for more counter space and more lower cabinet space. The counter wraps around to form a bar area in front of the dining room. The wood beam at the ceiling shows the location of the previous dividing wall. There are matching pendant lights in the dining room and kitchen.
The terra cotta tile extends into the mud room where the finishes match the kitchen.
The mud room offers more storage and is used as a secondary utility space with a small sink and tall cabinets.
The bathroom on the first floor is down the hallway from the living room. The floating vanity uses a light hardwood to complement the refurbished oak flooring.
Originally a powder room, this room was expanded and a shower was added. The tall, ten foot ceiling is accentuated with a black detail at the vanity wall.
We expanded the bathroom on the first floor to build a new shower. This larger bathroom supports the bedroom on the first floor.
NEW HALLWAY TO BATHROOM
The project added a bathroom and bedroom to the second floor. This is the space at the end of the new hallway for linens and personal items.
NEW HALLWAY AND BATHROOM
The new hallway leads to the additional bathroom. The storage shelves and cabinets serve the second bedroom on the upper floor.
This bathroom on the second floor serves the nursery/bedroom. It features matte black fixtures, floating hardwood vanities, white quartz counters, undermount sinks and black and white hexagonal floor tile.
This room is used for the nursery. The original wood windows and sills were restored in all of the bedrooms.
The original oak flooring was restored in all of the bedrooms.
The master bathroomfeatures matte black fixtures, floating hardwood vanities, white quartz counters, undermount sinks and black and white hexagonal floor tile.
The black ceiling is an art deco design feature which accentuates and scales these small spaces.
Both showers in the house use frameless glass, a shower cubby, marbled quartz and matte black fixtures.
This image shows the new terra cotta tile with the existing hardwood floor and the kitchen cabinet bases.
This image shows the beginning of the tile and cabinetry installation.
This is the detail at the new entertainment center.
SALVAGED AND RESTORED FIREPLACE DETAIL
This is the fireplace detail which was salvaged and restored. When completed it will have a stone top and matching cabinet doors for the entertainment hardware for the television.
ORIGINAL HARDWOOD FLOORS
...are being sanded and restored to their original condition. We will use a clear sealer to maintain the original color of the light colored wood flooring.
We are removing layers from the past. Below the veneers of paneling, wallpaper and paint, we find the original plaster.
WALLPAPER FROM THE PAST
This is a sample of the wallpaper we found in the upstairs closet, likely over 80 years old. The original owners were inspired by the likeness of their own house to these images.
ORIGINAL STAINED GLASS
Windows will be preserved. There are two at the stair.
Well, the good news is that the foundation work is done and the floor level has been raised back to its original level. Unfortunately, the fireplace and chimney still need some attention.
When the house settled, so did the fireplace. The house could be raised up again. Not so with the fireplace. Time to rebuild or...
This fireplace detail will be preserved and designed to be used with a new entertainment center.
This wall between the dining room and the kitchen will be removed to open this portion of the first floor. Fortunately, this wall is non-structural.
The interior plaster has cracked after the foundation work. It looks much worse than it is. All of this settling will be taken care of during the remodel process.
Some of the original wood windows have been replaced decades ago with aluminum framed, glass louvered windows. On this project, we will be repairing some of the original windows to their original condition and rebuilding portions of other windows, to their original condition. There are 28 windows to consider and each one will be evaluated to determine the best course of action.
Removing the old aluminum channel and louver glass which was not original to the house. The original window frames in the have been preserved and the glass and window frames rebuilt.
The original window weights will be reused with new cord and refurbished hardware.
The existing windows which can be restored and repaired will be. This is the mud room, it has four casement windows which will be repaired to their original condition with new hardware.
All of the existing wood windows will be restored. This is one of the casement windows in the living room.
Remodel of 3 bedroom-2 bathroom, single story eclectic styled house in Mid City, Los Angeles.
Design collaboration with bettershelter. www.bettershelter.com
This house needed some work. We remodeled the interior, the exterior and added a small amount of floor area to improve the flow of movement in the house. The ceiling in the living room was also vaulted to create a dramatic interior. The result is successful and striking.
The floorplan shows the new layout for this restored home near the Wilshire corridor.
Wow! Look at that ceiling. The interior of the house is remarkable with new hardwood floors, windows and lighting.
DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN
We opened up the kitchen to the dining area to create a more open plan and get better flows of movement and light through the house. This image shows the sitting area next to new stained glass windows and dark, hardwood flooring.
The remodeled kitchen is striking with dark hardwood flooring, slab front cabinets, marble counters and all new stainless appliances. With new lighting and windows this house is very bright throughout.
Black and white finishes create, a bold and bright bathroom in this space.
We refinished the flooring and brought in new windows, doors and closet doors. The result is a comfortable, private and well lit space.
The master bathroom was also refinished with bold blacks and whites, slab front cabinets and marble counters.
Another bright space with new windows and restored flooring. We also added a deck to the rear of the house and French doors to create a private deck for this room.
This is the private deck for the rear bedroom. It allows for a larger space and connects the room to the exterior.
The back of the property also has a small office with a vaulted ceiling and plenty of great California light. The space can also be used a private guest house.
Recipient of The City of Pasadena Historic Preservation Commission 2014 Award for Restoration.
Built in 1926, this Craftsman Bungalow was restored to it's original condition and a master suite with a walk in closet and laundry room, were added. The exterior shingles were chosen to match the original siding when the house was built. The kitchen was expanded after walls dividing it from the dining room mud room were removed. The result is a larger kitchen which connects it to the dining room and completes the open plan.
The master suite was added to the back of the house to preserve the original street façade of the building, and to connect it to backyard and future gardens.
On the exterior, we restored the shingle siding which was original with this 1934 bungalow. We finished with new paint and drought tolerant native plant materials.
This is the covered entry. All of the door and window hardware was restored or replaced. Period lighting fixtures were also used. The handmade entry door hardware was restored.
The new addition is at the southwest. It also has an en suite bathroom with double vanities, a walk in closet and a laundry room.
RESTORED DOOR HARDWARE
This is from the original house.
The original finishes and flooring were restored in this room and new lighting was added.
DINGIN ROOM AND KITCHEN
The interior finishes were all restored. The columns which were present in the entry were replicated between the dining room and the new kitchen.
This image shows the new columns, wainscoting and plate rails to match the existing house.
A study for a single family residence with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a two car garage. One and two story designs were used to show exterior siding options. Variations on window and door sizes and location were also explored as well as different roof combinations in this sketch study.
FRONT AND SIDE ELEVATIONS
This scheme shows a single story house with a vaulted roofline and ceiling. At the street elevation, there is a tall, stone block wall with a natural finish next to a vertical window which extends up to the roof.
Shows the division of the spaces.
A Modern Ranch House
This project was a study for the expansion of a modest Ranch House styled home in Silverlake. Though perched upon a hillside adjacent to the Silverlake Resevoir and the San Gabriel Mountain, the existing house offered no views and was very dark.
The solution is an addition to the existing building which respects the street elevation and characteristics of the California Ranch House, while adding space to the first and second floors with clean lines and large open views.
Laguna Beach-Artist Live/Work
Commissioned by a local public artist, this complex of 8 units and a private residence for the client is designed for the working artist. With large sliding doors which open and close to expose double height studios, the three buildings work in unison to open and close the flows throughout the complex.
A large courtyard is centralized and to be used as a common area for production, collaboration and events.
The approved design has been expanded to more units for the entire project.
Building 3-Client Residence. Parking below the two story studio. Solar panels are arranged on the roof and fold over the south end of the building to become a sunshade for the bedroom on the second floor.
This plans shows the first floor of Buildings 1, 2 and 3. The artist units vary in size and ceiling height. The largest studios have a 22 feet height work space with a catwalk overhead to access the production and viewing of large pieces of art.
This rendering shows the arrangement of the artist live/work units within the complex. Clearly visible are the many skylights which allow for abundant natural lighting. Also notable are the rock cages below the first floor slab to direct flood waters and reflect the canyon environment aesthetic of naturalistic water control devices.
Showing building three street view from Laguna Canyon Road. This is the house for the client with private parking below, open floor plan and detached studio to the rear with interior and a large exterior catwalk over a private courtyard below.
This rendering is showing the street view of the project as seen from Laguna Canyon Road. Horizontal rooflines and natural materials complement the canyon environment. The street side of the project is the residential portion of the project and uses exposed wood, glass and smooth plaster on the exterior.
View of the back of building three showing the sunshades above clerestory windows. The work units to the rear of the project are of exposed concrete and stainless steel finishes.
Street view of building three with client sculpture. The facades of the buildings were designed to be serve as evolving backdrops to the exhibition of public art displays. Also visible are the gabion rock cages below the first floor deck.
At the entry between buildings one and two showing large glass, exposed hardwood and clerestory windows.
Building one on the northwest side. Visible in this image is the interior catwalk over the gallery/studio to the rear of the building. Suspended over the ground, the gabion rock cages can be seen under the building.