Like many of our residential projects, this single-family residence in the City of Long Beach came to us as a referral. The home had been in the family for several generations, so respecting the family history of this home became a unique design challenge. Because of budget, we had to determine what was “right” about the existing design and could be saved, and what needed to be changed.
This project had a decent public/private layout, but it had some odd spaces, created by remodels that had been done over the years. Additionally, some of the remodels appeared to have been done hastily and didn’t meet current code requirements. We quickly realized that the focus of our design should be on fixing those spaces and enhancing the “public” areas of the home.
Our design removed walls to create an entirely new layout for the kitchen that is much brighter and more inviting. Instead of a small galley kitchen, the space now opens up to the adjacent dining and living rooms. We connected this remodel to the home’s heritage by selecting materials that harkened to the past, while providing modern amenities homeowners have come to expect.
Two-toned cabinets, a marble subway tile backsplash, quartz countertops, and beautiful stainless steel appliances and fixtures are all present in this kitchen. A family room was added next to the kitchen and access to a new outdoor room was created, increasing the indoor/outdoor connection that was previously lacking. A master suite with direct access to the outdoor room creates a private evening and early morning sitting space that allows the clients to be up without waking their children. The new master bathroom contains a large frameless glass shower, a separate tub, a double vanity, and a dedicated toilet compartment. A mudroom off of the driveway is perfect for the comings and goings of life and provides an additional private powder room for guests.