Veneer Designs


Mar Vista Remodel: The Play By Play

There is nothing more satisfying than turning a garbage house into exactly the kind of home you would like for your family in exactly the neighborhood you envision. There is nothing more maddening than doing it for an investor and seeing the house immediately get 4 offers after the open house and go into escrow $100K over asking price. Because this is the world we live in people. You take the good with the bad. Let's start with a little before and after:

This little shack was literally a garbage house. Garbage in the scrubby front yard, scary things happening inside. Simply sad.

Whaaaat? Is that the same house. Yes, yes it is. Let me show you how it got from garbage house to super star in just a few months.

When I started designing this house in early October, the roof had already been blown off to raise the ceiling heights and the view you are looking at was the former living room and future kitchen. This is the same view before and after.


The architectural plan for the house had already been approved so as the construction crew was moving as fast they could with framing walls, windows, rough plumbing and electrical I was moving as fast as I can to envision the final space's look.


The hardscape and exterior entry was one of the first things I needed to design since the concrete pour for the master suite foundation was happening early on to have time to cure. It was interesting to commit to exterior elements before knowing exactly what the interior would look like, but that's how it had to happen.

Once framing was completed, the drywall could go up and a sense of the interior space started to take shape.

After the walls were taped, sanded, and primed then we could install wide plank White Oak floors and the kitchen cabinetry, counter top, and appliances.

Then we were able to get to the interior finishes such as tile and paint colors, and concentrate on finishing the bathrooms.

Finally, in early March the house was listed. Here is the accompanying eye candy.


Yup, that's pretty much my dream kitchen. Open to the main living area, a large island with built in microwave and a waterfall edge (just imagine how much cooking and prep can happen here), floating shelves and thoughtful storage. The staging you see was done by Meridith Baer Home, but I threw in that vintage rug to make it more "Veneer" ;)


Shut up master bathroom, and get in my house.

Yup, that's the kids bathroom. 

Since the interior SF was limited, outdoor living spaces became paramount with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor connection. The garage was converted into a studio office with an adjoining lounge to enjoy the greenery of the backyard. A large redwood deck off the living room and a smaller concrete deck off the master bedroom feed to the back yard as well. In the front, the redwood was continued with paneling at the entry to warm up the gray plaster. And a specially designed trellis overhead to shade visitors from the bright California sun. OH, how I wish I could have moved in upon completion. Next time for sure.

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