design + community
This property consists of two Spanish bungalows on one lot, built in 1924. We purchased and remodeled this home in 2008. It wasn't hard to immediately see the potential of these homes with the beautiful arches and views, perched high above Los Angeles. But they were covered in terrible landscaping, cramped rooms, and a rotted kitchen and bathroom. Over the next three months, we removed all of the drywall and took the property down to the studs. Not only did we update everything that you can see, we also updated everything that you can't see behind the walls like the plumbing and electrical. The kitchen was originally very tiny with a cramped laundry room but by relocating the laundry to the hallway, we were able to create a long galley kitchen which led to the backyard for better indoor/outdoor flow. We closed off an awkward closet that was in the living room which made furniture placement easier, and allowed us to make a larger bathroom with a tub/shower enclosure. For the exterior we added a large deck across the entire front of the house to capture the downtown LA views, added some native landscaping and created an eco-friendly front yard.