Santa Monica Mid Century
The home was designed originally by Fredrick Monhoff in 1949. read more
It was a 3 bedroom 1 bath home, a total of 1200 square feet. It had received several additions over time.
In 2013, Elaine and David came to us wanting to expand their square footage to meet the needs of their growing family, and to make desired updates. We designed a new wing that provides 2 additional bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a den, we used leftover space for a laundry room and pantry. We also expanded the dining area and renovated the main living space with the exception of the original brick fireplace.
Our biggest challenges were the small size of the house and the small corner lot, the many angled walls of the original house design, and the overall challenge of creating a design that is sensitive to the original architecture.
There were four specific elements driving the design: indoor/outdoor living, utilizing natural light, having an open floor plan with continuity of space and views, and the use of modern materials that fit seamlessly into the midcentury architecture.
Indoor-outdoor flow both to the patio and the den on the other side was created with the use of folding doors and large windows, and by carrying the tile from the interior living space out to the patio and spa area. The hall, typically simply a circulation space, became one of our favorite rooms in the house. It ties together the spaces in the new addition and accentuates the intersection of the angles existing and new.
The clients lived in the home during this phase of construction. The north wing of the home is scheduled for renovation spring 2018. Follow our progress at the In The Making tab.
“Abeer, Jeff and their team did an amazing job expanding and renovating our mid-century modern architectural home. The design process was a true partnership-Abeer listened to our needs and incorporated our preferences, while executing an incredible design vision for our home. We enjoyed the process very much. Jeff did an exceptional job leading the construction process. Every detail was addressed and the end product is truly amazing. Every aspect of our new home meets our needs, both in terms of form and function. We highly recommend [them] and would hire them again without reservation.” - David + Elaine
Photo Credit: Chang Kyun Kim
2015 Santa Monica Conservancy Preservation Award
2015 Dwell on Design LA West Side Home Tour