Southbay Home II 2020

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a publication of southbay magazine

SOUTHBAY.GOLDENSTATE.IS

fall 2020








936 8TH STREET, MANHATTAN BEACH 7 BEDS | 8 BATHS | 6,692 SF | 6,502 SF LOT | $8,000,000


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Fire and Ice A modern 2020 home that is steps from downtown Manhattan Beach providing the home owners convenient access to shopping and world class dining. Every facet of the home has been meticulously crafted to form a modern escape. Built with quality by Titan Construction company, the residence features an amenities list that is purely breathtaking. The home stands at 3,550 square feet with approximately 900 square feet of outdoor space not included in the square

footage count. It’s exterior features grey Italian porcelain tile exterior cladding and a sleekblack glass garage door that in itself looks like a gemstone that was cut to precision. The house is on a Control 4 Whole House Automation System with touch pads for audio-video, HVAC, shades, security and locks. There is a high-definition video security monitoring system and a Flo – whole house water monitoring system for leak detection.

Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628.All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate.


The home has a combination of 7.5” – wide white oak flooring as well as large scale, Italian porcelain tiles that makes it easy to have large parties where you don’t have to worry about your floors getting dented. LED lights throughout, even in the garage, as well as Sonneman designer thin line indirect wall lights and vanity lights in the living areas to capture that particular moment of space. Dornbracht is most of the high-end plumbing fixtures and most of the appliances are high-end Miele. The kitchen features automatic Blumotion opening and closing drawers and Italian Calacatta Bluette marble countertops. Panoramic ocean views, a 3-stop elevator, a separate ocean-view office, a sophisticated full service bar with sitting 2 seating areas, game room, a spectacular “glam” room, master closet to make you want to try on clothes all day and so much more you’ll need to see in person to fully grasp it all. Offered at $5,995,000.

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Highlights include: • • • • •

Approximately 4,800 sq ft, 5 bedrooms, 6 baths Commercial size elevator 1000-bottle wine cellar 5-car garage Gym & separate craft room

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FEATURES

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LESS IS MORE When Gary and Carlos began searching for a home in Rancho Palos Verdes, they weren’t looking for a big house. They were looking for the perfect space.

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MODERNIZING THE RANCH A prominent Torrance–based interior design firm reinvents a modest ranch home in Rolling Hills Estates for a busy family and their dogs—with just the right touches.

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WELCOME HOME A Manhattan Beach family moves into their new house during a time when being home matters more than ever.

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LIFE IN COLOR A local interior designer and a dedicated team revive a Spanish-style residence in Palos Verdes Estates with rich jewel tones and hints of the past.

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LIGHT & AIR The 20-year residents of this Redondo Beach home knew a view this good needs to be seen.

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ESSENTIALS High Spirits

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One of the things I enjoy most about South Bay architecture

MEDIA It’s Alive

other parts of the country—or world—and they often bring with

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DESIGN SHOWCASES The South Bay’s Top

and design is the variety of styles on display. Although some residents grew up right here on the beach, many hail from

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them a distinct regional aesthetic. Some homeowners may just recreate what they like. Deep in Palos Verdes, you might find the traditional ranch or Spanish home saddled with a farmhouse or Italian villa. Down in Manhattan or Hermosa, the native cottage and mid-century modern mingle with Low Country coastal and Cape Cod. Most often it works, creating a visual history of local influence.

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Our current issue of Southbay HOME features a nice mix of styles, including a modern marvel in Rancho Palos Verdes, a family-friendly farmhouse in Rolling Hills and a colorful contemporary in Manhattan Beach. Each of the designers and architects of our main features put their hearts and souls into their work, and the happy owners reap the rewards. You can find several other incredible home projects from regional architects, designers and more in our Design Showcases. If you’re in the market for a renovation, regardless of the scale, this is a great place to start. Our local professionals can use your business more than ever, so let’s get to work.

Darren Elms

ON THE COVER Boston & Li home Photographed by Manolo Langis

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HOUSE OF STYLE THANKS TO AN UNEXPECTED GIFT, A DESIGN-MINDED MANHATTAN BEACH RESIDENT DIVES INTO THE WORLD OF PILLOWS. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN PHOTOGRAPHED BY PUBLIC 311 DESIGN

During high school in Newport Beach, Lauren Meichtry, founder of Elsie Home, made a habit of making her own clothes and frequenting vintage boutiques on Melrose Avenue in Beverly Hills. “I always loved creating, and it drove my parents crazy,” laughs Lauren from her home basement workshop in Manhattan Beach. “The style at the time was very preppy and clean-cut, and I was always searching to do something out of the box.” One of Lauren’s most memorable ensembles included a black patent leather prom dress she stitched by hand with help from her friend’s mom. “Looking back, it was horrifying,” recalls Lauren who paired the outfit with purple hair. “I thought it

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looked great at the time, and nobody else had it. There were a lot of safety pins.” While attending the University of Southern California where she majored in communications and business, Lauren applied her artistic eye to her dorm room and covered a main wall with velour fabric and trim she found at a downtown fabric store. “Of course I was the person with the overhauled dorm room,” she jokes. “I wanted people to walk in and think, ‘Wow!’ That was always important to me—and finding ways to make things different. Velour really doesn’t fit my aesthetic now, but it was more textured and took away from the enormous corkboard in the room.” After graduation, Lauren—now a mother of two—took a job working in finance. She met her husband and later managed a Lululemon store in Studio City. “I felt like that’s when the lightbulb went off,” says Lauren. “That was the beginning of me doing something that was more in line with my passion.” But while pregnant with her daughter six years ago, a sewing machine gifted to her from her husband’s grandmother, Elsie, changed the course of her life and career. “Elsie and I instantly had a connection because she was an artist and she did these really beautiful landscapes and portraits,” explains Lauren. “She also sewed and knitted, and she’s always been very special to me.” Throughout her maternity leave, Lauren watched countless YouTube videos on sewing and made her first pillow. She then began making leggings, headbands and infinity scarves, which morphed into an entire line of baby clothing called Milky—also a nickname for her daughter. “I knew I loved doing it, and I sewed away while my daughter was in a bouncing seat,” she recalls. “But when I had my son, I couldn’t keep doing it. I was so grateful for the chance to stay at home, but I was missing something and I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. I wanted to pursue interior design, but I knew that was a huge job and I wanted to find something in between.” Last year, a visit from a friend prompted her new design business and gave her the nudge she needed. “She saw all my pillows around the house and asked me, ‘Why aren’t you selling these?’” recounts Lauren. In a matter of months, she launched her direct-to-consumer pillow company affectionately named after Elsie. Now her daily schedule revolves around managing a line of 53 pillows (each with a hand-embroidered logo on the back); a full-time seamstress; fulfilling orders; collaborating with interior designers; personally shipping items via UPS with her kids in tow; and sourcing new and sustainable fabrics such as Dallas–based textile company

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PILLOW TALK: DECORATING TIPS FROM LAUREN

KUFRI, known for preserving the art of ancient weaving processes.

LAYERING IS KEY

“In a space I want to know things like, ‘Who

“Choose pillows of differing sizes to create dimension. For a sofa, I like layering a 22-by-22

made this?’ and ‘Why is this special?’” explains

square with a 20-by-20 square and a 14-by-20 lumbar. There’s no hard and fast formula for

Lauren. “And with prints and pillows, I want to be

sizes, so try not to feel like you have to stick to this.”

able to tell the story.” The pillow maven is proving she’s just getting

DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX AND MATCH

started, with the debut of a six-piece collection

“Instead of choosing pillows that all match, try mixing prints. You can do this by pairing

with interior designer Alison Giese this month,

large- and small-scale prints together in similar color palettes. I like to add a solid pillow to tie

and long-term dreams of opening boutiques in

the colors together without making things too busy.”

Manhattan Beach and Pacific Palisades. “I pinch myself all the time,” says Lauren. “I definitely did

WHAT’S INSIDE MATTERS

not see it growing at the rate that it has, and I’m

“You want pillows you can actually use, right? Opt for soft, natural fabrics like linen and cot-

really, really grateful and humbled by it all.” ¢

ton. The insert is important too. A down-and-feather blend gives you that cozy, couch napready feel. Our inserts are specifically made with responsible down (this certification has to do with ensuring the ethical treatment of animals) and are covered with heavyweight cotton, so you won’t be poked with feathers while you’re lounging on them.”

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They say beauty comes from within. We couldn’t agree more.

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ary Boston and Carlos Li weren’t intending to take on a major project when they began their house hunt in Rancho Palos Verdes. They had already been through

a three-year renovation modernizing a 150-year-old townhouse in Brooklyn, and they didn’t have any plans (or the desire) to go through the process again. But finding a home that matched their needs was proving to be difficult. “We were coming from a bigger house in Brooklyn, and it was just too much house for the two of us,” Gary explains. They did, however, want a home with ample outdoor space. “The problem is, if you want a big lot up here, you end up in a giant house—which we don’t need or want to take care of.” So when a humble home on a half-acre lot with a lay-

out they could work with became available, the couple jumped on it. But it would take a lot of work to transform it into a home reflective of their style. Originally built in 1959, the first goal was to open up the space and maximize the light. “We did ultimately gut it; it was down to nothing,” Gary notes. But through the renovation, the footprint of the house remained the same, keeping the size at roughly 2,000 square feet—though it feels much larger. “The whole back of the house is glass,” Gary points out. “I think the biggest reason the house feels larger is the expansive openings that bridge the exterior and interior,” explains Bogdan Tomalevski, architect and cofounder of Colega Architects. “When open, the disappearing sliding door system in the great room connects the interior and exterior seamlessly. But even when closed, the depth of the view and the natural light play a big factor in making the space feel spacious.” From the moment you walk through the front door, you’re greeted with a stunning view boasting snowcapped mountains in the winter and, on a clear day, the Hollywood sign. When the massive pocket doors are open, the indoor and the outdoor space become one. But before the view reveals itself … before you even step foot in the house, there’s a striking design detail that catches your eye: a wooden vertical louver system that lines the front of the home. “The louvers were one of those unexpected surprises that came along in the design process,” Bogdan says. Positioned at an angle, they offer privacy without sacrificing the passage of light. “Our design philosophy sees light as an integral part of architecture,” he adds. “The louvers really showcase that notion in this project. Throughout the day, the shadows cast behind the louvers are ever-changing. In the evening the inverse occurs, and the louvers become a glowing lantern seen from the

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street. They became a signature piece of the design.” Having gone through an extensive renovation before, Gary and Carlos knew what worked for them and what didn’t. They approached their new project with experience, making them invaluable collaborators. “The owners were vital throughout the design process and made it enjoyable,” Bogdan says. “They made decisions quickly and with conviction.” Self-proclaimed foodies, the look and functionality of the couple’s kitchen was a priority. “We cook constantly,” he shares. The Heath Ceramics backsplash was a musthave—a design choice that pairs beautifully with the white Caesarstone and the walnut paneling that extends into the main living space. Bogdan and his team focused on creating a balance between colors, tones and textures. “We look to create interest and focus through contrast,” he says. “We embrace texture and color. Some people hear these words and worry about a space being ‘busy,’ but we look at the materials as fields and create moments in those fields. The space needs to be seen as a whole, not a segment of parts.” This collaboration was set up for success from the start. Also contributing to the project was John Mehling, who served as site supervisor. “We had a great time,” Gary says. “We all hit it off instantly. Our styles are very similar, and it was a really fun process.” For Colega Architects, the project was additionally special because it enabled them to showcase their “architect-led design-build” approach. “Our goal is to simplify the process of building a home for our clients,” Bogdan explains. “Custom design and quality construction with one point of contact. We think this project is a great example of how this process can be so effective. Who better to build your home than the person who designed it?” The project had a natural progression from the start, evolving into something more than initially anticipated but essentially exactly what Gary and Carlos needed. It’s a stunner. The house has a mood that is both effortless and so very cool—the perfect abode for a couple relocating from New York to Los Angeles. ¢

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detailed internet search and a new job opportunity led Christine and Jason Frame and their family to relocate to a ranch-style home in Rolling Hills Estates. “Christine found the house

online and told me to check it out one night,” says Jason, who had been living and working in Northern California. “I remember driving up and liking the neighborhood for the mature trees and quiet streets. When I went into the house, I thought we would want to renovate to make it bigger, but the location was great and the view was amazing.” While they knew it was the house, they needed

help to create a more functional flow for entertaining, cooking and spending time outdoors with their two children and three dogs: Bandit, Jogger and Gyro. “We envisioned a home that was welcoming and finished in a way that wasn’t going to be out of style in a few years and would fit in with the neighborhood,” adds Christine. “We wanted to utilize the main part of the house as one large room that had to be comfortable for all of us and durable for the family.” For the interiors, the Frames selected Phil Norman, ASID, principal, and Markie Rudolph, senior designer, of Norman Design Group in Torrance. The firm was a referral from their contractor and builder, John Hopper of Genesis Building and Consulting, who had previously worked with Norman Design Group. “I went on houzz.com and saved design pictures,” explains Christine. “When I drilled down my favorites, a lot of them were Norman Design Group’s projects. After interviewing a few designers, we chose Phil and Markie because they were interested in getting to know us and what we wanted to feel when we were in our home.” The design wish list for the single-story home was to create an outdoor room for lounging and enjoying views, and an open layout for the kitchen, dining room and family room with zones for cooking

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and entertaining. “It was kind of a modest ranch with some 1970s detailing, and we modernized it and took it into more of today’s detailing,” says Phil. “They wanted more entertaining space and a family-friendly environment. They gave us a lot of creative liberty and trusted us, and they were a pleasure to work with.” In the 3,330-square-foot home, everything was gutted with the exception of the vertical fireplace masonry box in the living room. It now features vaulted ceilings; durable, 9-inch-wide white oak floors topped with a water polyurethane finish to conceal scratch marks; an outdoor room with a hipped ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace; and a kitchen wall defined with tumbled Lompoc stone. In the front entry, Phil and Markie artfully curated a vignette with a rope-wrapped console table by Palecek; custom hide ottomans by Norman Design Group; sconces by Currey & Company; and a cactus painting by artist Jill Ramsey entitled Sticky Situations. “It sets the tone, and collected and curated pieces are always a point of our interiors,” says Phil. “A more expected piece might be a mirror, and this makes you smile.” Appointed in warm, calming tones, the living room with a Lompoc stone wall and limestone fireplace surround is dotted with an antique credenza and a cocktail table by Bernhardt. In the adjacent kitchen, the tumbled Lompoc stone acts as a focal wall. “There’s a great blend of colors with some soft taupes and greys,” says Phil. “We wanted it to have a little bit of a European feel, so we tumbled the stone so it’s a little softer. It’s an element that feels like it has been there for a while.” The custom kitchen island, designed to resemble an old farmhouse chopping block from the south of France, is anchored with barstools by Bernhardt and a pair of custom hide pendants with contrast stitching by Norman Design Group. “I love the texture of the oversized pendants with the suede lacework, and they cast an amazing glow at night,” adds Phil. Adjacent to the cabinetry is a discreet pantry with reclaimed oak floating shelves and custom

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“I love the shower door and the tile patterns. They were able to bring some uniqueness to every room so it isn’t all the same and make it seem like it all fits together. At the same time, it feels like all things that I like. I don’t feel like I am living in someone else’s house.”

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pullouts—a wink at farm-inspired vegetable crates by Norman Design Group. The tranquil palette and cohesive flow continue in the master bath, outfitted with double farmhouse sinks; mirrors that serve as medicine cabinets for extra storage; bush-hammered limestone floors; a shower with beautiful hand-painted “Rue des Rosiers 15” terra-cotta tiles from Tabarka Studio in Los Angeles; and a custom steel door by Norman Design Group. “I love the shower door and the tile patterns,” says Jason. “They were able to bring some uniqueness to every room so it isn’t all the same and make it seem like it all fits together. At the same time, it feels like all things that I like. I don’t feel like I am living in someone else’s house.” Spending time in their reimagined home with thoughtful touches is something the Frames value more than ever now. “Back in the day when we used to travel, I would stay in a hotel and wish I was home,” says Christine. “I missed being in our space tailored to our needs. We get to witness beautiful sunsets from the couch, dining table, kitchen and outdoor room. I love being in a beautiful space with my family.” ¢

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South Bay Real Estate Update WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT 2020 WOULD BE AS WILD AS IT HAS BEEN SO FAR? Just 6 months ago grocery store shelves were bare, toilet paper was worth its weight in gold, and we were wondering if we would ever get to go to the beach again. Despite the challenges we all face, in terms of the local real estate market, this summer has been one for the ages. Low interest rates and the desire for larger homes and private outdoor space is driving buyer demand. On the other hand, sellers have been reluctant to sell, and the two opposing forces are creating an atmosphere of bidding wars and homes selling in a matter of days. Supply and demand can be measured in terms of months supply, and at the current levels of listings, there are only 1 to 2 months supply in most local areas. In other words, it’s a SELLER’S MARKET! To illustrate this, since June, for every 10 new listings that hit the market, nearly 15 go into escrow. This is unlike any market we’ve seen in over 10 years, but will it last?

ARE WE IN ANOTHER BUBBLE? How does today’s market compare to the last market top? 2005/06 was the last peak in real estate prices before the bubble burst. But the market is significantly different today compared to 15 years ago; here’s how… • •

Supply is much tighter. Inventory levels today are only about 1/3 of where they were 15 years ago. There is more equity in today’s market. Most buyers have purchased homes with 20% down or more so they have more “skin in the game.” • Interest rates remain at all time lows, and this has given buyers more purchasing power to help offset rising prices. For those of you wondering what your next move is going to be, I recommend sitting down with your trusted real estate advisor to come up with a plan. Many fortunes have been made in South Bay real estate, but the right strategy matters now more than ever before. For questions about your home or if you want to watch regular updates on the South Bay Real Estate Market, check out my weekly Instagram posts @kyledanielsrealestate. See you at the beach,

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aximizing space and improving functionality doesn’t always add up to increasing a home’s square footage. Hawlie Ohe’s design of a charming

Manhattan Beach remodel is proof of that. When Hawlie, principal interior designer and head of White Sand Interiors, was approached by a family of four looking to increase the livability of their space, she dove into the details. She started by asking her new clients about their day-to-day lives to understand what they needed from their home. “Which door do you enter through? What activities do you do in your living room? How many towels do you use when you shower? We get very specific to ensure every nook is thought about and planned for,” she explains. With no increase to the home’s size of roughly 2,200 square feet, Hawlie and architect Joseph Fournier of Joseph Fournier Design worked together to find solutions to improve the original layout— which felt cramped and awkward—while also opening and brightening the space. “One of the most dramatic examples of spaciousness in this home is the pitched ceiling in the family room,” Hawlie notes. Walking into the house, this sun-filled space has a casual elegance. The pitched ceilings add a formality to the home’s entrance, while the piano in the corner—passed down from one generation to the next—offers a warmer, more familiar welcome. It’s a beautiful introduction to the home. Perhaps the second most impactful adjustment to the layout was the addition of the downstairs powder room. With the original layout, the only downstairs bathroom was the one shared by the family’s youngest members. “It wasn’t an ideal situation if guests were over,” Hawlie points out. The new layout converted the children’s bathroom into a Jack-and-Jill design while adding the addition of another downstairs bathroom. “Since the new powder room is located in the main hallway,

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it was important to everyone that we minimize the appearance of it as much as possible,” Hawlie says. “The pocket door was essential so the door wouldn’t swing out and hit someone walking down the hall. We also added wainscot molding for some architectural intrigue and to create subtle drama down the new hallway.” Make your way into the kitchen, and your eyes are immediately drawn to the striking French CornuFé range complemented by a square-shaped kitchen island with ample storage and a custom dining table. “The beautiful CorneFé range was a dream for our clients. When you include a piece like that, it needs to be the star of the show,” Hawlie notes. “In making that the focal point, everything had to line up including this new island, the peripheral cabinets and all the fine details. It took a few iterations to perfect it, and in the end it was so worth the thought and effort.” Throughout the house, she created custom builtins to maximize the efficiency of every space while minimizing clutter. The colors and tones she opted for are soothing and casual with hints of gold that add a touch of luxury.

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“Our client and I share the same favorite color: a soft blue-green, which feels both coastal and timeless. The color became the common thread throughout and can be found in some variation in every room of the home,” Hawlie says. The backyard is large and private with a freestanding bonus house with its own bathroom designed to mimic the style of the main residence. The collaboration between Hawlie and the owners was positive since day one. Everyone in the family had input into how to make their individual space their own. “As a mom to little boys, this was one of my favorite parts of this project. From very early on, it was clear the kids’ spaces were the most important to our clients,” Hawlie says. And from an aesthetic point of view, she and the owners were on the same page. “I love when our clients have an appreciation for design, because in so many ways it makes my job easier.” What no one could have predicted, however, was how the timing of the project would overlap with the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdowns. “This was and has continued to be a tricky time, to say the least,” Hawlie says. “At the time this project wrapped, things we had once taken for granted—like the fact that the other businesses we depend on are able to keep their doors open and their staff employed—were no longer a reality.” Fortunately, Hawlie and her team got their clients into their new home before the safer-at-home orders were issued. It would take time for every finishing touch to be finalized and perfected, but it was with patience and understanding that everyone moved forward until the project was complete. “In an industry where we are quite literally creating home for our community—during a time when home has never been more important—it’s been imperative that we find new ways to service our clients safely and efficiently,” Hawlie says. “This project was an unexpected, real-world lesson in how to do that, and I’m so proud of how our team worked together to make it happen.” After months of hard work and through times of uncertainty, Hawlie and her team made their clients’ dream home a reality. They came through when it mattered most, and the finished project is absolutely stunning. ¢

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hree years ago when Hollie Brekke and her

Burke and her design team at Caroline Burke Designs

husband, John, were looking for more space

& Associates; local architects Miles Pritzkat and Keith

for their growing family, they didn’t antic-

Johnson (a referral from the Brekkes’ real estate

ipate taking on a major remodel project.

agent); and contractor Norman McKnight.

“We knew we needed one more bedroom ideally than

just take it down to the studs and do an addition,”

recalls Hollie, who was pregnant at the time with her

recounts Hollie. “But the more we got into it, we

third daughter. “We stumbled across this property. We

decided to scrap it except for the great room that had

were looking around, but we weren’t very serious.”

amazing old beams and a wood-burning fireplace.

Originally built in 1931, the 6,500-square-foot

We wanted to maintain the level of charm we felt it

Spanish-style home tucked on a quiet street in Palos Verdes Estates sparked a few major considerations.

but not bright. So it’s a little twist on that. All of these colors are a little more based in grey.”

Carefully balancing the history of the home while also weaving in the couple’s penchant for color, per-

about some of the plumbing and electrical and a

sonality and mid-century modern design throughout

remodel done in the 1970s,” says Hollie. “When we did

was key. “Even before we decided to take on this proj-

decide to buy it, I told my husband I wasn’t going to

ect, I had Pinterest boards and a folder full of maga-

redesign it alone.”

zine tear-outs,” explains Hollie. “I love interior design,

Manhattan Beach–based interior designer Caroline

are all rich

brought to the neighborhood in its prime.”

“Although the house had charm, we were worried

For this major overhaul, the couple selected

“The colors

“We had intended to keep most of the house and

our previous house [in Palos Verdes Estates] had,”

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who we are, and I love straight lines in furniture.” To achieve the colorful but sophisticated aesthetic, Caroline chose grey-based colors for the kitchen cabinetry (Pratt & Lambert’s Shaded Spruce); mudroom (Pratt & Lambert’s Deep Jungle); and pool house (Dunn-Edwards’ Blue Earth). “The colors are all rich but not bright,” explains Caroline. “So it’s a little twist on that. All of these colors are a little more based in grey. We used colors that are still going to be fabulous and look great in 20 years. Color and fabric is my wheelhouse, and I love playing with color.” Aside from deliberately layering color and pattern, it was also imperative to incorporate long-lasting, stain-resistant fabrics, rugs and furnishings for their busy, active lifestyle with three children. “It has an essence of formality, but this is a very durable house with heavy-duty fabrics, and it is kid-friendly,” says Caroline. “You can still have the sophistication and the quality but make it kid-friendly.” A popular gathering spot is the loggia that leads to the backyard with a custom-designed, dusty pink velvet sofa; a pair of armchairs upholstered in Fabricut’s tropical-inspired Perotin Everglade; and a gold leaf Havana pendant by Currey & Company. “It’s so fun and feels less stuffy,” says Hollie. “It’s where we have coffee in the morning and read books and play puzzles with the kids. In the evening, we can open the doors to the fireplace and a large outdoor dining table for 10.”

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Other high-traffic rooms include the pool house awash in blue with hammered iron Mario pendant lights by Arteriors and a playful, handmade wool rug from Nepal. “It’s ideal for pool parties,” says Hollie. “We don’t have to worry about when the kids are dripping wet and coming into the house.” The kitchen is also a major hub with eye-catching green cabinetry, black-and-white custom tile floors and counter stools covered in a hard-wearing vinyl/ faux leather by Kravet. “There are a lot of white kitchens, and I didn’t want that,” explains Hollie. “I wanted to do something different, and I knew I wanted the green cabinetry and the cool contrast of the black-and-white floor.” Additional wow-factor design elements are dotted throughout the home such as a velvet animal print sofa in Tigress by Kravet and a custom, zigzag-style pedestal table in the great room; a custom, tall headboard in the master suite upholstered in Fabricut’s Velvet Glam Macaroon; and intricate, original floor tile designs conceived by Caroline and her team in each of the bathrooms. “What I love about the project is that it’s like a dance of color,” says Caroline. “Every room and everywhere you look is beautiful and interesting, and you can sit in any one of those rooms and just observe how cool all of the patterns are all together. It’s a jewel of a home.” But for Hollie, the design process was perhaps the most memorable. “I felt like they [Caroline and her design team] never pushed me, and they just ran with it,” says Hollie. “They helped me streamline. Because I do love so much color and pattern, I needed this not to look like a clown house. They made building a home fun for me. I don’t think a lot of people can say that. It’s a total dream.” ¢

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On the heels of Palm Springs’ recent renaissance, nearby Joshua Tree has enjoyed its own special burst of local tourism. As the area grows in popularity—thanks in part to the social media-minded traveler—so do the house rental options. Take your choice of mid-century charmers, eclectic and quirky compounds or modern retreats. Our most recent exploration falls in the latter camp with a visit to The Glass House. With a getaway bag flung in the back of a Jeep, we trekked across the desert for a weekend retreat at this one-of-a-kind rental. The house sits between the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and historic Pioneertown, both about a 12-minute drive away. The 3-acre gated property offers guests a private slice of desert paradise. True to its name, the design features walls of glass with windows stretching ceiling-to-floor around the entire house. Conceived with an open layout, the kitchen, living room and dining room meld for a spacious common area—ideal for group entertainment. Outfitted with retractable windows, the space opens seamlessly to the desert landscape waiting in the backyard. Each of the three bedrooms features a unique design. In the master bedroom, a 270º view stretches from the backyard pool to the rocky ridgeline bordering the entire property. The master bathroom, with a 360º view, offers an Instagram-friendly tub positioned on the northwest corner of the house—a

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soothing spot to unwind and enjoy a glass of

saltwater pool and hot tub. Alongside the pool,

Champagne as the sun sets over the desert.

three daybeds entice for a leisurely day out-

Best for early risers, a second bedroom on the

doors. The pool is carved right into the hillside, a

southeast corner of the house faces the east and

backdrop for some incredible aerial photos should

provides the brightest light at sunrise. The room

a drone make it into your suitcase. I crashed my

includes hanging light fixtures and a suspended

drone into the rocks, but that’s another story.

rope reading chair—a vignette with perfect

At night, the pool lights up in blue and purple,

Joshua Tree vibe. This makes for a great spot to

beautifully dancing on the house exterior. After

chill with an afternoon glass of wine or enjoy a

dinner we spent each night in the hot tub admir-

midday siesta.

ing the stars. With few artificial lights in the area,

Ideal for kids or additional guests, the third bedroom holds side-by-side twin beds. Above, a flu-

the sky provided quite a show. Before rolling into bed, our small group would

orescent moon illuminates the space, visible from

hike up to the top of the rock ridgeline above

the furthest end of the property. Coincidentally, we

the house, drink wine and watch the colors of

had an astronaut suit with us and staged a moon

the sky change over the desert floor. Time well

landing … you know, when in the desert.

spent. Although we love our Insta, it’s even bet-

As we go to press, Joshua Tree National Park

ter in person. ¢

is open for business! Here’s what to expect:

Perhaps the best feature of the home is the

PARK IT

Park entrances and entrance booths, roads and parking lots, trails, individual family campsites, group campsites, most bathroom facilities, visitor center bookstores and information desks are open to the public. Museum and exhibit portions of several visitor centers are closed, and all park ranger programs have

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argaret Dano and Alan Wozniak have lived on their property for roughly 20 years, though the home they live in today is much different than the

one they moved into. Walking up the steps to the main entrance of their current residence reveals a breathtaking, unobstructed ocean view. “You can see all the way to Malibu,” Alan says. It’s the centerpiece of the property—enhanced by the design of the current home, from the glass front door to the wall-to-wall windows. The original home never fully capitalized on this feature. “You really didn’t feel like you had an expansive view,” Margaret says. “There was very little light and air; it felt kind of cramped. And the whole front area was underutilized.” When Josette Murphy, founder of About:Space, visited the original home, her first thought was that the living room was facing the wrong direction. “The previous layout sacrificed the view in favor of the TV,” Josette notes. It was clear to everyone that the home needed a reconfiguration. Living on the property for so many years gave Margaret and Alan an advantage—they knew how they wanted their space

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to work for them. What wasn’t initially clear,

But the project quickly evolved into a total reno-

the front patio. Though each of these spaces

however, was the style they were looking for. But

vation that took the entire property down to the

is essentially part of one large room, they are

Josette had a plan for that.

studs. This undertaking came with its own set of

masterfully distinguished from one another in the

unique challenges.

most subtle ways.

“I try to make it fun. We review photos of spaces you like and those you hate, and that will inform the design direction,” she explains. “I kept saying from the first meeting, ‘Light and

Because the home is under the jurisdiction of

Above the main entrance of the home is a stun-

the Hillside Overlay Area in the city of Torrance,

ning fixture of mouth-blown glass handmade in

they couldn’t add more than 10% square footage.

Italy. “We wanted to define the moment of arrival,”

air, light and air,’” Margaret says. “And function,”

“So part of the challenge was: Where do you add

Josette points out. “I designed a fixture that visitors

Josette adds.

the 10%?” Margaret says. “Where do you really

walk underneath—for a playful experience. The

spend the time?” For Margaret and Alan, it was

‘droplets’ are at different heights, as if a soft rain

their main living space.

just began and you got caught underneath it.”

Getting to know Margaret and Alan and learning a little bit of their story also helped Josette guide the design process. “I like more complexity,” she

Walking into the home today, it’s clear Margaret

Separating the dining area from the door leading

says. “I don’t want the result to look as if we went to

got her wish for more light and air. “The highest

to Margaret’s office and the master bedroom is an

Restoration Hardware and bought the room. That’s

point of the roof isn’t any higher than the original

implied hallway with ample storage. Outside Alan’s

not unique, and it doesn’t reflect the client’s history

highest point, but we brought all the ceilings up,”

office, a large screen of handmade paper placed

or their personality.”

Josette notes.

between layers of glass serves multiple purposes.

Margaret and Alan’s initial goal wasn’t to com-

The large communal space includes a dining

“We wanted to create a ‘hallway’ zone for a

pletely transform their home; it was to expand

area, kitchen, sitting room with a fireplace, and

more private feeling entering the master suite

the master closet and move the laundry room.

a more casual area with a TV, bar and access to

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have blocked the natural light and closed the spaciousness. We also needed a safety barrier for the descending stairs on the open-area side,” Josette explains. The screen is striking—it grabs your attention. It’s an excellent example of how Josette merges beauty and functionality throughout the project. The kitchen feels more like a lounge. The only visible utility item is the stovetop. The ovens are concealed in the large walk-in pantry around the corner, and the refrigerator looks like a beautifully crafted cabinet. Off the kitchen there’s access to another large outdoor seating area with a fireplace. The design of the home was a collaborative effort between Josette and architect Patrick Cunningham of C&C Partners. The builder was Mike Cunningham, Patrick’s brother and the other half of C&C. Carpentry credit goes to Jean-Louis Boudreau, Josette’s husband. “We often work as a team,” she says. “And yes, it is as romantic as it sounds! For this project he fabricated all the complex custom cabinets, paneling and other wood elements that I designed for the project.” Jim Matsuo led the landscape design. Josette credits him for the placement of the home’s main entrance and the surprise reveal of the view. “Jim had this brilliant idea: Let’s take everyone on a journey that will be more interesting.” Today Margaret and Alan’s home is gorgeous and filled with personal touches that make it all their own. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” Alan says. But it’s Margaret and Alan themselves—with their warm and welcoming dispositions—who really steal the show. ¢

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2020 DESIGN SHOWCASES 112 MICHAEL LEE

ARCHITECTS, INC. MICHAEL LEE CONSTRUCTION, INC. MICHAEL LEE

114 JOSEPH SPIERER

ARCHITECTS, INC. JOSEPH R. SPIERER

116 PRITZKAT & JOHNSON

ARCHITECTS

118 LANEY LA 120 RO | ROCKETT DESIGN

ZAC ROCKETT & JASON RO

122 TOMARO 124 LISA OBERST DESIGN

LISA OBERST

126 ABOUT:SPACE, LLC

JOSETTE MURPHY

128 KATE LESTER INTERIORS

KATE LESTER

130 CK DESIGN STUDIO

CHRISTINE VROOM

132 EDEN LA INTERIORS

JAMIE RODDY

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134 KC DESIGN GROUP

KIMBERLY COLLETTI

136 MAISON LUXE

CARRIE QUINN

138 RAS-A STUDIO 140 C&C PARTNERS DESIGN

BUILD FIRM PATRICK CUNNINGHAM & MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

142 ARCHER BUILDING GROUP

BEN ARCHER

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MICHAEL LEE ARCHITECTS, INC. MICHAEL LEE CONSTRUCTION, INC. MICHAEL LEE, AIA 2200 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-545-5771 | info@mleearchitects.com mleearchitects.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT:

DESCRIBE THE VERNACULAR OF YOUR FIRM.

The home featured is one of two townhomes

We are primarily a custom residential design

on a double lot in the Sand Section of Manhat-

firm. We specialize in private homes through-

tan Beach. This location has unique views, and

out the L.A. Basin and Southern California,

we were afforded the chance to work on the

with some of our newer projects being in New-

puzzle of crafting a space to maximize both

port Beach and Santa Barbara County. Our

square footage and view. As is often the case,

belief in the basics of good design enables us

the job was about amplifying the natural envi-

to design successfully in a range of styles. We

ronment while creating a highly functional and

also do multi-family residential, small commer-

warm setting. We hope we’ve ended up with a

cial and restaurant work, along with interior

home that is sophisticated, urban and forward-

design and construction management. Design/

thinking, while at the same time serene and

build has been a very successful formula for us

very comfortable. We were especially fortu-

on numerous projects.

nate to have functioned as both the architect and the general contractor on the project.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU?

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY?

Working in architecture is challenging, given

We look at every project with fresh eyes and as

that an architect must take on. However, this is

a chance to design a unique and exciting build-

what makes being an architect so rewarding.

ing that will enhance the lives of its inhabitants.

An architect must solve problems in an aes-

We carry this enthusiasm forward through the

thetic way, engineer projects cost-effectively,

design and construction process and work dili-

guide them through the byzantine municipal

gently to assure that our projects exceed our

approval processes, and then coordinate the

clients’ expectations.

construction and finishes of those projects.

the huge range of skills and responsibilities

Having an understanding of all aspects of the WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS? Our belief in good design and understanding how to create lasting, quality architecture.

design process and a deep appreciation for good architecture and all of its various components gives us great satisfaction.

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JOSEPH SPIERER ARCHITECTS, INC. JOSEPH R. SPIERER, AIA 707 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Redondo Beach 310-876-8761 | info@calarchitect.com calarchitect.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

every windowsill on the outside of a home, and

Overlooking the South Bay’s Queen’s Necklace,

we even specify the size, direction and loca-

this home is a contemporary take on Moroccan

tion of flooring throughout the residence. These

architecture. The goal of this design is to create

details not only show our clients exactly what to

a sense of home by nestling into the site while

expect but also inform the contractor on how

taking full advantage of the gorgeous vistas.

to build the project. A comprehensive set of plans allows the contractor to bid the project

WHAT STEPS DO YOU TAKE TO GET TO KNOW YOUR CLIENTS? We begin by conducting a thorough analysis to understand the existing conditions of the site. Next we ask our clients an extensive scope of questions. Beyond the typical “How many bedrooms?” we ask, “What is your morning routine

down to the doorknob, which keeps the price on construction stable throughout the construction process. Setting clear expectations through meticulous drawings leads to even happier clients. RETHINKING OR BRAND NEW? Both are great! Designing within the constraints

like?” or “When you entertain, what does that

of an existing home results in interesting design

look like?” We get a glimpse into their every-

challenges. Meeting these challenges takes

day life and observe how they move through

creativity and an ability to rethink the space.

their home, then draw out their sense of style

Remodeling an existing house may be more

from magazine clippings and photographs of

cost-effective, especially if there are areas

homes that appeal to them. Combined with

that need little renovation. On the other hand,

images we provide, the next step is to discuss

ground-up construction has fewer restraints.

all the photos collectively and the particular

The sky is the limit when it comes to style, func-

elements clients like about each one. After we

tion, massing and even location. Starting from

incorporate this information, we can create a

nothing, we realize our clients’ dreams.

space that will enrich their everyday life. WHAT DO CLIENTS APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL?

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS? The process we call pre-design, which occurs

We believe time spent on a design directly corre-

before the pencil even touches the paper. We

lates to its elegance and function, so we devote

encourage our clients to approach us during

a great deal of time to our designs and drawings.

escrow or in the very early stages of project

Our clients know when we show them a design

discussion. Pre-design can save clients a great

that every detail has been taken into account.

deal of time and money.

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L to R: Miles Pritzkat, architect, Tyler Prosser, Lauren Fielder, Keith Johnson, architect

PRITZKAT & JOHNSON ARCHITECTS 310-375-7700 info@pritzkatjohnson.com | pjainc.com | 306 Vista Del Mar, Suite A, Redondo Beach

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

of well-designed, comfortable spaces. Their

This classic, clean-line ranch home in Rolling

current home may need some attention to

Hills Estates initially was dark and uninviting.

achieve that feeling. We have been doing more

While there was plenty of square footage, the

Zoom meetings where we can screen-share to

low cottage-cheese ceiling, linoleum flooring

review plans. It is different, but not bad … so

and awkward floor plan were unlivable. The

some of these changes may stay in place.

exterior eaves were so low it felt like you were wearing a hat pulled down over your forehead when looking out into the yard. The home needed a major upgrade and facelift. We tore down most of the interior walls and made a more functional floor plan. We added vaulted ceilings, banks of doors and skylights to bring in the natural light, and we reimagined the exterior with a classic board and batten siding. We completed the project around 2014 but still has the timelessness that we strive to achieve in our designs. After all these years, this project is still one of our most popular viewed on our website and other architectural media platforms.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We are a small, quality-focused design firm specializing in custom residential architecture encompassing both new construction and significant renovations. We assist our clients in refining their vision for the project, establishing project budgets and providing the necessary documentation and approvals required to see that vision built in the real world. Part of our process involves assembling a team of allied design professionals (interior designers, landscape architects) and coordinating their work with the documents that will be used to build the project.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS?

WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST OF IN YOUR WORK?

We are a small, boutique firm so we’ve had

When we have designed a home that our clients

some flexibility in how we had to deal with the

never want to leave, we have fulfilled our prom-

various requirements and shutdowns. Fortu-

ise of transforming their dreams into reality.

nately, we’ve stayed busy during this time and

That makes us most proud. Hearing how much

have been able to keep our employees. We

family and friends love their house, the pleasure

continue to get project inquiries that vary from

they get from pulling up to their house after a

adding a bedroom or two to building a brand-

long trip, hearing how neighbors and passersby

new, custom residential home. As clients spend

love the architecture—all of this stems from our

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LANEY LA

725 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach 310-870-7175

yes@laney.la | laney.la @laneylainc

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

culture of design in the surrounding environment.

Bold and playful, this AIA|LA award-winning

Laney LA is an architecture and design studio

home is designed to elevate the beauty found

dedicated to inspiring creative culture. We are

THIS IS AN UNFORESEEN ERA IN THE WAY PEOPLE USE THEIR HOMES. HOW IS YOUR COMPANY ADAPTING?

in contrast. Nicknamed the Black Barn, this

high-touch and high-tech, we create trendsetting

project was inspired by the spirit of its adven-

architecture and we offer a fun, passionate process.

turous, world-traveling clients who wanted to combine the best of modern design, minimal materials and a cost-effective budget. While the architecture evokes the familiar footprint of a traditional barn, the floating black volume defies simple classification through its asymmetrical ridge, double-height living spaces and extruded, floating reading nook. It evokes the classic while simultaneously representing elegant modernism for a new kind of Los Angeles family.

home is being profoundly realized everywhere, our focus at Laney LA has stayed essentially the

DESCRIBE HOW YOU SEAMLESSLY CONNECT INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES.

same. We have always adopted an elevated and

Our approach is largely driven by the context of a

that focus has been validated more than ever this

project: the lot topography and size, ocean views

year. Adequately addressing our clients’ changing

and the client’s lifestyle. Each of these is critical to

lifestyles requires radical nimbleness and micro

shaping a floor plan that optimizes the fluid con-

design strategies to unlock new solutions.

intentional approach to the design of a home, and

nection between indoor and outdoor spaces. We also believe in the power of shade and the gravitational pull that is experienced when outdoor communal spaces are covered to facilitate summer

WHAT DO YOU WANT CLIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SERVICES YOU OFFER?

and winter climates. We believe in framing views

Laney LA aspires to create work that matters. We

be felt inside. We even remove interior square

champion the dreams of our adventurous clients

footage at times to create interior courtyards that

through the creation of spaces that celebrate

become the still, peaceful heart of California living.

their unique lifestyle and the elevation of a vibrant

While the recent shift in emphasis toward the

of green and blue to help the impact of nature

HOW HAS CLIENTS’ NEWFOUND APPRECIATION FOR THE OUTDOORS IMPACTED THE SERVICES YOU OFFER? We are seeing the South Bay’s appreciation for the outdoors in a major way with the rising trend of what we like to call the “home stadium.” Clients are devoting large percentages of purchased lots to sports courts, and we are happy to facilitate this exciting new way in which our clients embrace and interact with the outdoors!

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RO | ROCKETT DESIGN ZAC ROCKETT & JASON RO 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Unit 6, Inglewood | 213-784-0014 1306 Bridgeway, Floor 2, Sausalito | 415-289-0830 info@rorockettdesign.com | rorockettdesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Our clients came to us with a steep, 6-acre hillside

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION IN YOUR WORK?

parcel that had never been developed, with the

We consistently draw inspiration from nature,

goal of creating a home and yard for their grow-

project sites and, most importantly, our clients.

ing family. Challenged by access and overgrowth

While architecture is a physical and tactile en-

that obscured water views, the site had to under-

deavor, the long result is the facilitation of rela-

go as much invention as the house. We centered

tionships, memories and thoughts that happen

the house around an existing coastal live oak tree

in the spaces and sites we help invent. Build-

to create the feeling of suspension amidst a for-

ings endure and affect those around them, so

est canopy. One enters from the top floor of the

we strive to make places that bring joy and

house, descending by way of a three-story, top-lit

that we want to return to over and over.

stair and landing in the expanse of the main living floor. Operable walls of glass connect the spaces to the tree, yard and long views to the bay. TELL US ABOUT THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We are a full-service architecture firm that focuses on design excellence and comprehensive service. We develop a custom design for each project that meets our clients’ needs and captures the inherent and undiscovered

DESCRIBE SOME WAYS YOU SEAMLESSLY CONNECT INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES. If someone is in one of our homes or spaces all day and still feels fresh, we’ve done something right. We go to great lengths to facilitate connection to nature. It’s not about more glass but about amount and location. Placing skylights in showers creates some of our favorite places to be.

potential of each site. Our attention extends to

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS?

every surface and detail; both the exterior and

Our entire team started working separately from

interior are considered comprehensively. We

home as soon as COVID-19 started, but we have

help specify each material, fixture and piece of

continued to interact with our clients in a similar

hardware, and we remain fully engaged with

manner to how we did on many projects prior

the builder during construction to ensure the

to pandemic. Many of our projects were already

design is completely realized. We treat each

remote—Lake Tahoe, Aspen, Jackson—so we

project as our own home and strive for a time-

were oddly prepared for the pandemic. We feel

less quality of design and space.

grateful to be able to continue doing what we love and help others get through this time by creating new places for clients to call home.

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TOMARO 2617 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 100, Manhattan Beach 310-318-8089 | tomaro@tomaro.com | tomaro.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

curate perception of space and materials when

This is the second home we have designed and

constructed. Our full-service design/build

built for these clients. It was easy for them to

option allows for contractor involvement early

trust our design and construction team after

in the architectural process, allowing for better

having such a positive experience with their

execution of design intent, material selections

initial home.

and budget control.

This corner lot allowed for some creative architecture to capture the amazing ocean views. The top floor has an open floor plan with expansive use of glass doors and windows that makes you feel you are just a few feet away from your own private sunset. The central floating staircase is the focal point of the interior, extending through all levels of the home. We gave this home a clean, open feeling, maximizing the use of space and capturing views in every way possible. TELL US ABOUT THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. Since our inception over three decades ago, Tomaro has maintained the highest standard of excellence in design and construction while committing to complete client satisfaction. We want our clients to feel as comfortable with their buildings as they do with us. We believe that clients deserve respect, reassurance and professionalism and that listening carefully to them and responding to their needs results in the most successful projects. We recognize that a well designed and constructed building can make an enormous

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION IN YOUR WORK? Our clients are our biggest source of inspiration. Just as no two sites are alike, no two clients are alike. Typically clients come to us with a desired program and design style. We then take their wish list and create a home that is innovative, creative and stands out with its own architectural identity. DESCRIBE SOME WAYS YOU SEAMLESSLY CONNECT INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES. Connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces is one of the most important design criteria our firm utilizes, along with the use of natural light and open floor plans. Expansive door systems that pocket into walls and open floor plans to make the seamless transition from interior to exterior is a common theme for our designs. Often we will run the same materials from the inside of the home to the exterior, blurring the line between the two. Selecting the right materials is critical to success.

impact on its occupants. We have the capacity

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN?

and ambition to bring innovative design off the

We are primarily working remotely, and Zoom

page and into the built environment, and we

meetings are our new favorite interaction with

appreciate our clients who give us the oppor-

clients. This transition has given us the ability

tunity to do so.

to show off great 3D graphics. We have seen

We offer a full range of architectural and construction services. Our cutting-edge 3D

an increase in the desire of our clients to build vacation homes where their families can bond

and visual technologies allow our clients to

and take a break from their fast-paced every-

take a virtual tour of their home while it is still

day lives. We are currently working on vacation

in the design phase, allowing for a more ac-

homes in Montana, Arizona and Colorado.

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LISA OBERST DESIGN LISA OBERST 415 28th St., Hermosa Beach 310-920-6897 | lisaoberstdesign@gmail.com lisaoberstdesign.com

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

The way light streams into a room, how color

Lisa Oberst Design is a full-service design and

elevates the design, and texture beautifully

construction project management firm. My

balances and creates a visual dichotomy of ele-

approach to design and detail underscores the

ments flowing beautifully together. The spaces

importance of craftsmanship and materiality,

should feel composed and connected in every

and also celebrates luxe, livable furnishings.

way, true to the nature of the building.

Typically clients hire me first, which allows me to walk them strategically through the complicated process of matching the right team to the level of complexity required for the project. I identify, interview and assist in budget analysis, procuring contracts for architectural, general contracting and specialty trades. My design approach is to collaboratively identify the style and aesthetic the client is looking for and execute an elevated version of that vision. I oversee all design specification and manage the project from inception to delivery. I have a passion for every piece of the project— from architectural design to how the space is composed and furnished to create flow, functionality and balance. One of the things I am most proud of is how each completed project is a reflection of the clients’ dreams, both expressed openly and realized through thoughtful intentional design decisions. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION IN YOUR WORK? I am inspired by architecture, travel and historical elements that have lasted the test of time.

IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU THINK OUR HOMES IMPACT OUR MENTAL HEALTH? Your home should be a true reflection of who you are and how you live. The elements you put in your home—from the architectural style to the furnishings—should make you feel grounded and visually stimulate you. For some clients that is a soft, monolithic backdrop where they can decompress from the outside world. For other clients it is a bright, energetic space that reflects their personality. Regardless of which you prefer, my main objective is to get to know you and how you want to use your space and create a functional beautiful environment where you feel most at home. Great design completely changes the way your home feels and how happy you are living in it. The achievement of this “feeing” is the primary driver determining where I take the aesthetic and design. WHAT DO CLIENTS LEARN AFTER WORKING WITH YOU FOR A WHILE? I care about 1/32nd of an inch, coffee is mandatory and humor and sarcasm are encouraged.

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ABOUT:SPACE, LLC JOSETTE MURPHY, PRINCIPAL 305 Richmond St., El Segundo 310-726-0137 | josette@aboutspacestudios.com aboutspacestudios.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

compelling three-dimensional experience. We

This special project, also featured in an article

believe that each project is unique and should

in this issue, started with a modest initial prob-

reflect the personality and taste of the client

lem: The lady of the house wanted a larger

alone, trends be damned! Lighting is always a

closet! From there, it grew into an amazing

key component of our work, as it can have a

opportunity to completely rethink the spatial

tremendous impact on what stands out and

layout, remove walls, raise ceilings and add

what recedes visually. And we are at our best

large expanses of glass to embrace the abun-

when we are invited to design the entire proj-

dant views. We were connected by our clients’

ect from start to finish.

friend and Realtor Susan Kaminski, and we worked in tandem with Patrick Cunningham, AIA, who reimagined the exterior architecture and collaborated with us on the layout. By crafting a new open plan layout and deploying sculptural custom millwork elements and carefully placed hidden sources of light, we tricked the eye into thinking the house was larger. We also defined activity zones with ceiling variation, which added a lot of visual excitement. Then we then selected all the finishes and solved the many complex building details. It was such a pleasure because our clients had open minds and trusted the process. The result is a pleasing and very livable composition of light, space and order. WHAT DO YOU WANT POTENTIAL CLIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SERVICES YOU OFFER?

IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU THINK OUR HOMES IMPACT OUR MENTAL HEALTH? The restorative, supportive power of good residential design has never been more obvious than now, with everyone forced to stay home and face what works and does not work about their living spaces. It has been so satisfying to get many calls, texts and emails from loyal clients this year, saying, “Thank you for what you did to my home!” TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. My husband and I have the unique pleasure of working together on many projects. What I design, he builds! He is a talented general contractor as well, but for the featured project he created all the intricate custom millwork, ensuring all the details came together perfectly.

We think about space in three dimensions, like

We are raising two fearless and beautiful little

you would expect a sculptor or architect to

girls in down-to-earth El Segundo, teaching

think. Our goal is to design a rock-solid floor

them the joy of doing work you love and what

plan that feels natural, effortless and sup-

true collaboration looks like.

portive, combined with an uplifting, visually

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KATE LESTER INTERIORS KATE LESTER 837 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach 310-372-0504 | info@katelesterinteriors.com katelesterinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

translating that. There were a few areas where

We were brought onto this project by our

they had more input as a family, but overall they

clients’ Realtor, who sold them the property.

trusted the process and embraced our design

The overall layout and bones of the house were

direction and let us run with it. This always cre-

solid, but the interior lacked the personality

ates the most dramatic and cohesive results.

and wow factor that this family was looking for. They called us, and the rest is history! Even though the home was a new build,

The initial design concept for the home was a “curated Californian” vibe with blues, teals, whites, warm woods, and a mid-century twist.

many of the decorative elements were kind

It was less about making it feel “beachy” (no

of boring. So we set about replacing all the

shells or coral!) and more about it feeling fresh,

lighting, mirrors and cabinet hardware. We also

unique, personal and collected. This residence

repainted everything and replaced the kitchen

was recently featured in Homes & Gardens

backsplash tile, added built-in cabinetry and

UK—so apparently its appeal is global!

turned an extra bathroom into a wine room. Once the renovations were complete, we furnished and accessorized everything. These owners were dream clients! They said they wanted to see my vision for the renovation before they made any suggestions or gave their thoughts. We all agreed that with the home’s proximity to the ocean, the vibe should be effortlessly California cool, with a little bit of wow factor. Even though these clients have collegeaged children, they are really hip! They wanted the house to reflect their personalities and feel curated and chic, and I think we did a great job

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION? We believe that spaces can be functional and luxurious. We strive to put our clients first. We answer the phone, return emails and visit the jobsite. We practice fiscal responsibility and stay true to our budgeting. By doing this, we build trust. We are good stewards of time and money throughout the design/build process. Most importantly, we work hard to create a lasting, positive experience for our clients and a home they will enjoy for years to come.

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CK DESIGN STUDIO CHRISTINE VROOM 405 Via Chico #2, Palos Verdes Estates 310-941-5923 | cks_designs@yahoo.com ckdesignfirm.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

stressed and influences our ability to relax or

This project is a Georgian revival ranch home

focus. How do we remedy this? By bringing

in Rolling Hills Estates. This stunning architec-

in natural light, using elements that the client

ture from the talented Pritzkat and Johnson

has an emotional connection to, making sure

team is jaw-dropping with its luxurious charm.

there is adequate space and flow, using a base

I wanted to carry that aspect inside the house

of neutrals and creating a place for everything

and fill it full of love and all the cozy feels you

that gets used.

would get in the South. Every single element

Mental health isn’t simply about what’s

is custom and handcrafted with multiple layer

going on inside your head. What’s happen-

molding buildups, custom wood floors, hand-

ing outside your head is just as important.

made mosaics, reclaimed beams, craft-made

From a cluttered closet to a dimly lit office to

brick and traditional color schemes—all done

the view from a window — it can all impact

to capture the essence of the traditional sweet

your well-being.

South. The clients were an absolute joy, and a little piece of my heart will always live in that

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ON A PROJECT?

home with them.

I am inspired by the job ahead and by the client: their wants, needs, dreams, passions

IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU THINK OUR HOMES IMPACT OUR MENTAL HEALTH?

and families. I design for my clients, and they ignite the creative process in me.

As a huge proponent of exposing the hardships and depths of the importance of mental health, it is a passion of mine to tackle that

HAVE CLIENT REQUESTS CHANGED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC?

in some aspects as I start my design for any

Anything that was half-broken pre-pandemic

space. How does the client want to feel when

is now officially totaled. So with that said,

they walk in, and how can I achieve this? Do we

the most common two requests have been

need to add elements of calm, clarity, relax-

durability and sound. Will it wear the test of

ation, coziness or enjoyment? How can I add

time and high usage? I have also been seeing

a dramatic touch but not be overwhelming?

a trend on the aspect of sound, whether it be

Could we include bold colors yet not overpow-

double drywalling, thicker interior doors, fewer

er the space?

pocket and barn doors, architecturally rede-

It is known that clutter, certain colors and

signing work-study spaces further away from

the wrong design have a profound effect on

the main living areas. Clients are wanting a way

our brains. It makes us less productive, more

to retreat.

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EDEN LA INTERIORS JAMIE RODDY 350 N. Sepulveda #4, Manhattan Beach 310-376-0033 | edenLA@edenLA.com edenLA.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This sunny Sand Section residence in Manhat-

WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE GARDEN FEATURES THAT INCREASE SERENITY?

tan Beach was an absolute joy to accomplish.

Everyone adores a good strand of garden lights

The happy family needed durability for the

for the warm glow it allows in the evening hours.

rough-and-tumble ways of three young boys

I love a water feature with flowing water for the

but didn’t want to scrimp on that classic

calming sounds it emits, allowing the listener

California coastal vibe. We loved working with

to relax and focus. I try to incorporate alfresco

these wonderful clients and are now working

dining whenever possible to allow everyone to

on another residence for them.

enjoy our beautiful coastal climate to the fullest. And there is something delightfully communal

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION IN YOUR WORK?

about a fire pit. It draws friends and family in, and it keeps them sitting close for hours.

My clients 100%. I am inspired by their histosires and fears, and their delights and dismays.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS?

I’m inspired by what they consider a dream

We have rearranged our meeting space to be

home because everyone’s idea of a dream

socially distant and yet still elegant. We provide

home is different (thank goodness).

hand sanitizer and personal bottles of water to

ries, their experiences, their stories, their de-

the clients. We sit 8 feet apart from each other IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU THINK OUR HOMES IMPACT OUR MENTAL HEALTH?

where we can all still view the 60-inch moni-

In almost every single aspect! What an

always masked and try to stay as distant as

important question. A highly organized and

possible during that process. We are proud of

tidy home can ease so much of the mental

our dedication to safety conscientiousness and

chaos that inevitably ensues from our busy,

committed to doing our part to stop the spread.

tor showing the designs. Inside homes, we’re

21st-century lifestyles. Some clients need a lot of color to keep their spirits up, and some

HOW MUCH OF YOUR WORK IS VIRTUAL?

clients need a monochromatic surrounding

We have always had the capabilities to do vir-

to keep their minds mellow. We all love to be

tual design, as many of our clients are not South

surrounded by textures and items that make

Bay residents or they have vacation homes

us smile. Everyone—no matter their budget—

elsewhere. So the transition has not been dif-

should strive to make a home they can truly

ficult for us at all. We have designed homes in

call a personalized sanctuary.

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KC DESIGN GROUP KIMBERLY COLLETTI 602-330-7818 | kc@kimberlycolletti.com kimberlycolletti.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

areas, but also from their bedrooms and bath-

Transitional form meets next-level function in this

rooms and home gyms. Even if it’s just a beauti-

open-plan home. Fully integrated appliances in

ful view of your garden from the home office,

the kitchen are positioned for ease and entertain-

that can literally increase your focus and reduce

ing, while details such as the custom antique glass

stress! Also, with less travel our homes now

tiles used on the backsplash and glamorous Win-

have to function like resorts. So we’re suddenly

field Thybony wallcovering in the powder room

designing a lot of hotel-like amenities for our

create the ultimate in laid-back sophistication.

projects: cabanas with fireplaces and televisions, outdoor kitchens, even “cocktail pools” (smaller

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS? A month after shutdown we started getting an avalanche of requests. People were suddenly

pools that require less square footage). All of those features are in high demand right now.

at home all the time. Back-burner projects

HAVE CLIENT REQUESTS CHANGED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC?

became “must-dos” overnight. Suddenly our

Right now people are really focused on their

homes had to function differently. We’re work-

kitchen and baths. Before the pandemic, so

ing, teaching, exercising, even vacationing—all

many of us spent so much time out of the

from home. We have never been busier, with

house—in the office, in restaurants, at the gym.

both new builds and remodels.

Now our entire lives are spent at home. So everything not only has to function at a very

WHAT IS YOUR #1 PIECE OF ADVICE DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME? Appreciate how your surroundings impact you! A truly functional, beautiful kitchen can change the way you live—from morning coffee until after-dinner cleanup. This is true of every room

high level, but also the very human need to be surrounded by an environment that is aesthetically soothing, grounding, even inspiring is now more important than ever.

of the house. I am a firm believer that investing

WHAT DO YOU PREDICT 2021 HAS IN STORE FOR YOUR INDUSTRY?

in your environment can benefit your family’s

The virus will pass, but people’s newfound ap-

physical, emotional and mental health.

preciation of home isn’t going away anytime soon. Working from home will evolve into a

HOW HAS CLIENTS’ APPRECIATION FOR THE OUTDOORS IMPACTED YOUR SERVICES? My clients have always wanted a seamless connection to the outdoors—not just from the main

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MAISON LUXE CARRIE QUINN 138 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach sales@maisonluxehome.com maisonluxehome.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

ful scents in candles and diffusers like palo santo

This transitional Manhattan Beach house was

are just a few things I recommend. I encourage

designed for a young family who wanted a boho

my clients to pay attention to their home environ-

chic vibe with some contemporary elements

ment and how they want to live in it, being mind-

mixed in. We used global textiles on the pillows,

ful of what they want to be surrounded by. We all

modern artwork and a stunning two-story Jona-

need these extra comforts these days since we

than Browning Le Pentagone chandelier in the

are spending so much time in our homes.

living room. The master bedroom and bathroom have handwoven wool blankets from Turkey that we had turned into drapes. The hallway photo gallery was a mixture of family photos, contemporary art and rock ‘n’ roll photography.

I CAN ONLY UPDATE ONE ROOM IN MY HOME; WHICH SHOULD IT BE? The one you spend the most time in! Great rooms are where most of us are hanging out these days—a fabulous kitchen and cozy family room

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SOURCES OF INSPIRATION IN YOUR WORK?

where kids, dogs and parents can all relax, cook

Nature is always a great inspiration. Right now

tant these days. Nothing like sleeping on luxury

we sell some beautiful photography of feathers

Italian cotton sheets for a good nights rest.

and do schoolwork. Bedrooms are also so impor-

in our store. Textures and neutral colors are my favorite. I have always loved working with a neutral color palette and contrasting a lot of different textures. I enjoy mixing soft, stonewashed fabrics with leather and jute rugs and throwing in some rock crystal votives—a little of everything. I prefer to bring in colors through accent pillows and artwork. That way if you get tired of things, you can change them up with out a huge investment. TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HOME FEATURES THAT ARE MEANT TO INCREASE SERENITY.

THIS IS AN UNFORESEEN ERA IN THE WAY PEOPLE USE THEIR HOMES. HOW IS YOUR COMPANY ADAPTING? Like many businesses, we had to pivot quickly and ramp up our online presence. We created our e-commerce store so our retail customers can shop online, and we offer convenient pickup and delivery options for locals. We also do a lot of Zoom calls and digital design boards that we can share through email. Technology has become central to our business model during these COVID-19 times.

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RAS-A STUDIO

310-937-1760 2507 W. 190th St., Redondo Beach

ras-a.studio @ras_a.studio

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

6½ feet from the required side yard, making the

services—taking a project from conception

This project is located two blocks from the

modest-sized footprint live larger than its square

through construction.

Pacific Ocean in Hermosa Beach. The challenge

footage. The bedrooms and study are located on

was the home’s tight 30’ x 70’ lot flanked on

the second floor, where a balcony offers access

one end by a walk street and on the other with

to a private roof terrace.

a narrow alley. Our clients wanted an open

The ocean breeze and abundance of oper-

concept on the ground floor that leads to

able doors and windows give the home passive

natural grade and outdoor areas, but zoning

cooling that eliminates the need for an air con-

mandates a large two-car garage that would

ditioning system. For warmth, in-floor hydronic

otherwise force the living spaces of the small

radiant heating is installed throughout. A solar

footprint to be split between multiple levels. The

water collector on the south roof provides the

solution was a mechanical parking lift that fits

domestic hot water and supplements the boiler

two cars stacked in the footprint of one.

for the in-floor radiant system.

A front deck doubles as an outdoor rec room. White masonry blocks form an entry wall that screens interior living areas from the front porch. A 27-foot-long pocket sliding door opens the living, dining and kitchen to a patio running the length of the lot and allows the interior to borrow

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. We are a boutique design/build studio that believes in good design and getting our hands dirty. With a multidisciplinary team of architects, designers and contractors, we provide complete

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START? At a small architecture firm in Beverly Hills almost 20 years ago. Wanting to be closer to the beach, I then went on to work at Dean Nota Architect in Hermosa for about seven years before eventually branching out on my own. HOW MUCH OF YOUR JOB IS ACTUALLY SOLVING CLIENTS’ PROBLEMS? We look at every project as a problem to solve and come up with a specific solution to that problem. The end product is a holistic result deriving from the site (physical constraints, existing structures, zoning, sunlight, etc.), the client’s program, budget and the context or locale of the project.

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C&C PARTNERS DESIGN BUILD FIRM PATRICK CUNNINGHAM, AIA, & MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM, GC 508 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach 310-322-0803 | info@candcpartners.com | candcpartners.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Brothers Patrick Cunningham, AIA, and

fireplace and a flat-screen TV. The master bath was designed around the

Michael Cunningham, GC, owner-operators

Victoria + Albert tub, set on a stone floor ar-

of C&C Partners Design Build Firm, designed

ranged in a herringbone pattern trimmed with

and built this five-bedroom, six-bath, contem-

metal and surrounded by a patterned stone

porary Craftsman home. The 4,300-square-

custom-created by CK Design, then cut and set

foot dwelling presented the unique challenge

by the fabricator. That same pattern appears

of fitting numerous functional spaces togeth-

again as the backsplash, done in solid white

er while still feeling open and expansive. Each

for a clean, minimal look on the sink wall. The

bedroom has its own bath, and the home also

countertops are Calacatta marble with minimal

includes a formal living room, formal dining

veining, giving the appearance of layered glass.

room, great room, office, large upstairs landing, study space and upstairs lounge. CK Design Studio provided the interior design, using a simple white palette that feels warm and inviting and a few bold color choices to make it pop. The kitchen features soapstone countertops and a backsplash of custom Thassos marble chevron. The decorative inset is a water jet mosaic, a stunning blend of three natural stones bordered by a brass metal trim that coordinates with the custom hood and light fixtures. The island is topped with Calacatta Michelangelo marble. The naturally aged, white oak hardwood floors flow throughout the house, transitioning to the two colors of exterior loggia porcelain tile—one of which was hand-cut into 1-inch strips to create a modern take on the traditional checkered floor. Sliding doors open to the transitional space that contains seating, a

IN WHAT WAYS DO OUR HOMES IMPACT OUR MENTAL HEALTH? Due to the pandemic, we are all spending more time at home, and there are some fundamental basics that can have a positive or negative effect on mental health. Proper organization of space is key to a good outlook—from how it is designed to the state in which it is maintained. A light, open floor plan kept clean and clutter-free is best. Color influences our emotional well-being, and a soothing palette can help elevate moods and reduce stress. A home’s exterior spaces are more important than ever, since going into your yard may be your main daily outdoor experience. A seating area, some greenery and a water feature can offer the calming effect of nature.

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ARCHER BUILDING GROUP BEN ARCHER 707 Torrance Blvd. #100, Redondo Beach 310-602-1492 | info@archerbuilding.com archerbuilding.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

gutted. People say that a contractor’s house is

This Palos Verdes Estates whole-home remodel

never done, but this one is all set!

is my favorite project to date because it is my own house! We handled both the design and build, including rethinking the floor plan, interior design, construction and landscaping. When we purchased this original 1950s house, there were still sparkles in the popcorn ceilings. It was like stepping into an antiquated episode of Mad Men, complete with General Motors appliances, built-in wooden planters, lace curtains, a beige ’50s diner banquet, carpeted bathrooms and wallpaper on doors. We knew its roofline and general layout called for a pure mid-century modern remodel, but it was important to us to keep the ranchstyle “Valmonte charm” of this single-level home. Our house had to be very functional if we were going to make it work with three little boys and a dog, so we paid a lot of attention to the flow and best use of each space. We put in all new doors and windows, new board and batten siding, new lighting, all new

WHAT DO YOU WANT POTENTIAL CLIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SERVICES YOU OFFER? We are very user-friendly. We have a personalized app that provides real-time updates to clients regarding all aspects of their projects. It includes project budgets, photos, billing, schedules, changes, specifications and plans. We hear from clients over and over again, “You’re so organized!” A lot of that has to do with the way we present information. It never takes the place of person-to-person contact, which is essential in construction, but it does streamline the process and make everything easy to find at the touch of a button. In particular, when clients are out of town or are not local, they love checking on our progress through the app and the various streaming cameras we set up on-site. It’s a fun and functional way to keep everyone involved.

landscaping and added reclaimed brick to

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

maintain the original garden feel. We installed

Communication early and often. I graduated

LaCantina multi-slide doors to the rear patio

from USC with a bachelor’s degree in English,

to create an indoor-outdoor experience and

which taught me the value of communication.

capture the city lights view from most of the

Phone calls, emails, texts, and in-person and

common areas of the house.

virtual meetings are key to keeping clients in

We rethought each room in the house. Some rooms only required new finishes (floors, paint,

the loop about the progression of the job and the schedule.

trim and doors), while others were completely

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ZIGRANG CONSTRUCTION TIM ZIGRANG 2550 Via Tejon, Palos Verdes Estates 310-375-3626 timzigrang@gmail.com zigrangcostruction.com

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS?

We primarily are a construction company, but

I started my company in 1981 while I was a

we help clients create a team by recommend-

business student at USC. Doing small jobs

ing architects or designers who will fit well

through college helped pay for tuition. After

with the owners’ expectations. With a team ap-

school I worked in the private sector for a few

proach, we can better manage costs, schedule

years, but I always yearned to be working for

and desires for our clients. We also have many

myself doing something creative. In 1988 I

of the needed trades in-house.

started Zigrang Construction.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This is a stunning, mid-century home in Palos Verdes Estates. The kitchen was hidden away, and we were tasked with opening it to the large family, dining and living room spaces. This required creative engineering, working with the Palos Verdes Art Jury and a committed client. The result is a seamless transition that looks like the original architect’s vision. The result was a new kitchen incorporating

Over the years as we grew, we took on more employees—some are still with us. We are proud that we have created an environment where our employees care as much as I do how our projects run. We believe each project is special, and these buildings are going to be around for a long time with our name attached. WHAT ARE SOME EXCITING PROJECTS YOU’VE COMPLETED? We have had the opportunity to work with

two islands, one featuring a teppanyaki grill

some great architects and designers on many

and the other a sink. The back of the main is-

styles of architecture. The home at 145 Rocky

land has an inlay of bronze that hearkens back

Point Road in Palos Verdes Estates sits on the

to the mid-century movement with a starburst

bluff above Lunada Bay and was built for a

of raised metal custom-made for this home.

client from London. This home was featured

The floors were resourced so we could per-

in House & Garden magazine. We completed

fectly match the black slate from the original

a project on The Strand in Hermosa for a New

floor. We also designed 12-foot-tall storage

York TV executive. This project had a very

cabinetry to help delineate the family room

clean, traditional beach design and was fea-

from the rest of the home.

tured in Coastal Living magazine.

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