Beverly Hills, CA
The new owners of this circa 1920 Southern California residence liked the secluded feeling of this vintage house but knew it needed extensive work. Brawer & Hauptman sought to find a balance between returning the house to its original classic Hollywood-era appearance and achieving the owners’ vision of an informal and warm environment that was both casual and complex. Custom steel windows and doors restored the Deco feel of the exterior. Using the same steel and glass doors throughout the interior helped to unify the rambling plan and became a dominant design element. A complete reconfiguration of the interior opened up the spaces across the back of the house, facing the terrace and pool. A previously enclosed sunroom was converted to a partially covered outdoor “room” complete with a fireplace. The relocated kitchen/dining/family room and existing living room were redesigned to open onto the terrace and provide a free-flowing informal area for entertaining. The limestone shower and bath of the master bathroom can be fully opened to the outdoors. During the renovation, the house was made compliant with seismic codes.