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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 :)

Encino Renovation: Photoshoot Sneak Peek!

Ah the Encino Renovation!  What a fun project!  As a refresher, go ahead and check out the first post we did on this house to see what it looked like before we got our DBA hands on it.  You can also check out the process from beginning to end here!

Renovations are great because they happen really quickly (compared to building from the ground up).  We love the outcome – and can’t wait to show you our images from the photoshoot we had today!  For now, we have just a couple photos to tease you with :)

Encino Renovation: Finished Product Sneak Peek!

Back in the summer and fall, you may remember that we were working on a renovation in Encino.  Well, we will be posting all of the photos of the finished project soon, but we had to show you just one now!  I must say, it looks awesome!!  I suggest taking a look at what the entire home looked like before we go our design hands into it.

Here is what the living room looked like before:

And here it is now:

Hard to tell that its the same room, right?  We are excited to show you the other parts of the house!

Encino Home Renovation: Stucco

Before we began, the exterior of the home was a mix of siding and spray-on plaster:

Both of these finishes are high maintenance (you end up with cracks, you have to repaint, etc).  Thus, we chose to redo the exterior with “smooth-trowel” stucco, which is low maintenance and has very clean look.

Since I know you are dying to learn the ins and outs of installing stucco :), here’s a quick overview:

Applying stucco (also referred to as plaster) requires adding several layers of differing materials:

In this instance, we took down all of the siding and spray-on plaster.  We put up plywood (“wood sheathing”) where necessary.  Next, we added the building paper and metal lath.  The building paper helps to keep the wooden structure behind it dry, and the lath provides support for the coats.

Then, we applied the “scratch” and “brown” layers.  The scratch coat embeds the metal lath and provides a base for the brown coat.  The brown coat covers the scratch, and creates a plane surface for the finish coat.

Lastly, the finish coat was applied.  The color is already mixed into the stucco, and when it dries, you get the color of your choice.

The finished product!