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Encino Renovation: Final Product!

Drumroll please!!

We have the finished images of the Encino Renovation to show you today!  This was such a fun project, especially since we got to do it for a friend and his family.  I highly suggest taking a look at the before images of this house.

Here, we have diagrammed the floor plans to show the changes.  The “Existing Plan” is what was there before we touched anything.  The “Demo Plan” is what we took out of the house, and the “Proposed Plan” is what the end result is.

Here is another image of the Proposed (or new) Floor Plan:

Price, speed and quality are always the key elements to a design project. Whether it be a remodel or a ground up project, we are always striving for the perfect equilibrium. Here, we started with an existing ranch style house in the Encino Hills and within 6 months we completed design, permitting and construction. The end result is what feels like a brand new house, all while staying within our client’s budget.

The house now has open plan, revolving around an existing fireplace chimney. Most of the partition walls have been removed thus allowing for free flow, light and air circulation.

At each portion of the house, the proportions and accommodations change to fit the space, while maintaing a homogenous look, the unit ties the space together and gives an appearance of grandeur.

Since we believe that the kitchen is the soul and heart of a house, we have incorporated it onto the length of the house, creating a “storage wall”, spanning from the living room all the way to the dining room.

The expansive kitchen island is also a key element, anchored to the chimney, always accessible for preparation and for entertaining.

We used all new window & door systems, stone and wood coverings and incorporated off the shelf cabinetry, all to create a seamless, fresh and inviting design.

In addition to the free flow of the house, we have also spent quite a bit of time in material and product research. To keep within the budget and speed, we looked into alternative means to achieve the design goals we always strive for. This meant spending a lot of time with the contractor, fabricators and suppliers to come up with creative solutions.

His daughter’s rooms are super cute and full of pink – we love it!

And thats the Encino House!!  Thanks for following along :)

Awesome: Venice Beach Architecture

Every time we go to site on Venice Beach, we are amazed at the location we are so fortunate to be building in!  Not only do we get to be on one of the most beautiful (and prime) beaches in the Los Angeles area, we are also in the midst of many incredible homes – designed by some great architects!  We are so honored and grateful to be included amongst these historical (or soon to be) homes.

Here is a small panoramic shot of some of the great homes around us:

For a better look at these homes….

1.  the “Norton House”, by Frank Gehry

2.  the “Code Red House” and the “Flip Flop House”, by Dan Brunn Architecture

3.  the “Epstein Residence”, by Marmol Radziner (finished since photo)

4.  the “Panel House”, by David Hertz

There are other houses up and down the beach that we did not get in the photo, but are equally as excited to be near.  Just north of the panoramic is the “Venice House”, by Antoine Predock.  Also north is Patrick Tighe’s “Ocean Front Walk” home.

Needless to say, we are very excited to see our two Venice Beach homes finished, side by side, in the presence of some great architecture!

Awesome: Newspaper Chairs

As we were partaking in our daily design blog routine, we found some rad chairs that made us want to gather our old-school paper, scissors and glue and redecorate the office!

“Using old newspapers, Gougherty molds stackable seats produced through gluing together quarter inch paper layers and finishing the chair with a resin dip. The result is a very light, surprisingly rigid piece of furniture.” (via curatedmag.com)

(check out the entire blogpost on curatedmag.com)

Awesome: iPod Nano Watches

We have been waiting for these to come out!  Ever since we saw these cute little Nano guys, we thought, “Surely there will be cute little Nano watches soon!”  Apparently, ShopHex had the same thought – and they did it really well!  Its great how the Nano just snaps into place – and you can easily change up the colors of the wristband.  Prettttty Awesome!

Check them out on the HighSnobiety Blog.