Suburban LA home gets updated with Art Gallery Vibes
âWe solved the challenges of this house by embracing some of its biggest obstacles, like the central staircase and the volume of the living room,â says Kristin. âWe also found that by exhibiting some of these elements, like the living room beams, we could better define the new spaces. “
With the new floor plan in place, Jeff and Kristin received advice from one of the owners, an art dealer, to incorporate a stunning suburban style. With the trio of new sliding doors leading out to the backyard and a handful of skylights above, they all agreed that the design needed to be airy with enough interesting objects and materials to catch the eye. âWe were interested in a mix of high and low materials,â says Jeff. They imported Marmi Scala’s Italian terrazzo for the floors, which has a formal finish that contrasts with the relaxed feel of the marine-grade plywood they hand-selected after examining dozens of sheets. âWe also detailed the plywood to express their character, like exposing the edges of the sheets and using their thickness as a modulus for the woodwork,â continues Jeff.
It’s been two years since this renovation was completed, and the owners pride themselves on bringing a touch of mid-century modernity to their street. Jeff and Kristin can not help but feel this love of neighbor too. âWe connected very well with these owners,â says Kristin. âWe were happy to tackle such an ambitious project for their family. “