Culver City has been a hotbed of activity for my design firm of late. It makes sense - young 21st century families moving into post war developed starter homes results in some friction between how they want to live and what the homes can offer. In a lot of cases, a reconfiguration is necessary, In some cases we can get away with cosmetic overhauls. In most cases a combination of both. Enter Culview....
Culview was your typical grandma house. You could tell a family had lived a nice happy life here, but zero changes or updates had been made since the 1960s and even though it was a nice size house it felt sad and dingy.
We started with a kitchen remodel before the new family moved into the house. The planning and execution occurred last winter. I wanted to tear down the wall between the laundry and cooking areas so that became a bigger single room and have the majority of storage on one wall. We were also short on time so we went with Ikea cabinet boxes and Semihandmade flat slab walnut fronts. The Ikea cabinets were delivered in 2 weeks so the contractor could start installation. The Semihandmade fronts took 10 weeks but the lack of fronts wouldn't slow down the overall kitchen installation. We chose the walnut and white mix to capture the modern style my clients were after while referencing the midcentury origins of the house. With snazzy chrome retro style handles to complete the midmod look.
As soon as the kitchen was complete we rolled into the exterior refresh. My client wanted to paint the bricks from day one. We went with white and simple black accents to keep it looking clean as well as it give the house a little prepster East Coast vibe since it wasn't a purely midcentury modern style. It had some traditional touches so black and white was the only way to tie it all in. A new door, new outdoor lights, mailbox, and house numbers were all that was needed to give the house major curb appeal. Look at that lush new landscaping out front. I was so happy to see the brick pavement go. What was that?!
After a few months of settling in, my clients were ready to tackle the 3 bathrooms. A kids bathroom, a guest powder bathroom, and their master suite. The two downstairs bathrooms were easy as they were purely cosmetic. All the plumbing locations remained the same and we installed new tile and fixtures that related to each other.
How fantastic is that funky black and white graphic floor tile with the brass and woody elements? It feels midcentury but of this century and a lot of fun for the kids and guests who will use these bathrooms. I also used 9" white hex tile as the accent and shower walls for neutral texture.
And that brings us to the master bathroom which was the biggest transformation of all. In place of one long room with a nappy tub/shower combo, I wanted to create a luxurious walk in shower with a built in bench, clad in marble, for my clients.
How delicious is the new bathroom layout with the mountains of honed marble tile, the floating cabinet, and brass accents that matches the downstairs bathrooms?
The final piece of the puzzle was changing the entry into the master suite so that we ended up with a walk in closet into the master bathroom. With a sliding barn door and new closet system, I'm truly envious of the finished results.