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A wraparound deck and one of two outdoor living rooms give views of the foothills and the Pacific.
"The original house had this little deck, with a little door, that was hanging off the mountain," says Smyth. "The land around it was a big weed field on a hill. This remodel really makes the home's design more current and reflective of the family living in the home today."
Split-level steps lead to a formal dining room, where glass windows and nonobscuring balcony rail materials let in plenty of light.
The glossy contemporary kitchen works hard for a family who entertains often. A walnut island base and hardwood floors warm up the space, which also has a sleek white lacquer bartop and a stainless island countertop.
"Mike and Lauri love contemporary style, but they didn't want a home that felt cold and aloof," Smyth says. "We really worked hard to evoke the family's warmth and openness in the home's design."
Island and bar top design: Lori Smyth Design and Bomo Design; bar stools: Soluzioni; backsplash: Walker Zanger (discontinued)
"Being in the house is almost like a spa experience," Smyth says. You feel relaxed, and you just want to be there because it's so cozy and there's not a lot of knickknacks lying around. Rooms just flow into each other and although you're indoors, you always feel connected to the views and the living spaces outside."
Bookcase: Lori Smyth Design (concept) and Bomo Design (drawings and execution); sofa: B&B Italia; chair: Vioski
Zach's room expresses his creativity and musical inclinations without feeling too kitschy: An electric keyboard leans against a Bob Marley poster, and an electrical guitar and a yellow lounger are within arm's distance of each other.
The clients realized that as the kids got older, they were spending less time at home, so they turned what had been a two-car garage into a game room.
Before the remodel, Smyth says that Lauri lamented over how the kids spent more and more time away from the house. "She wanted a home that the kids wanted to bring their friends to. And now the kids love staying home and having their friends over."