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Houzz Tour: Better Flow for a Los Angeles Bungalow

Goodbye, confusing layout and cramped kitchen. Hello, new entryway and expansive cooking space Full Story
     Comment   March 26, 2014
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victoran
guess I'm really old....I prefer the old front entrance, old kitchen, pantry and breakfast nook to the remodel.. Everyone is so keen to knock down walls and change things...I love old houses as old houses and this house had been already updated.
March 16, 2014 at 5:45pm     
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sasha614
I was eager to see this because I, too,have an LA area bungalow (albeit much smaller). This remodel strikes me as odd. The changes to the facade take away from the charm of the house. How about simply simply removing those screens that were on the front French doors? The new window is an unbalanced size for a Craftsman and looks off, especially paired with that door. I understand why it was done -- to ceate that half- wall for the sofa. but the sofa was positioned for TV watching in that space. Now there's a piano. I would have rethought that space completely, keeping the original facade. I also assume this house is not in a designated historic district such as Bungalow Row in Pasadena, because these changes would not have been permitted.

As for the kitchen: nice but predictable, especially with design elements that are now such a cliche. I assume the owners have many children and hence need a giant Wolf range. It's probably a gas to have, but the other one looked perfectly nice and more in keeping with the scale of the house. Finally, was the master bedroom an addition at one time? That corner fireplace says 'custom- built bungalow circa 1990' style to me.
March 17, 2014 at 1:17am     
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timpikor
Can't imagine having the microwave almost on the floor is practical
March 17, 2014 at 6:32am     
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witzkefjw
Putting the microwave under a counter seems to be the trend nowadays. I think it has to do with getting it out from above the stove so you can have one of those fancy new range hoods. The hoods look really cool, and that's a neat look under the counter. But I think having the microwave at that lower level is a safety hazard. Or a potential back problem! I use my microwave almost every day and would not want to be bending over so much.
March 17, 2014 at 6:53am     
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dbicher
All those in favor of before and after house plans please raise their hands! I thought I'd gotten pretty good at puzzling out the changes from pictures, but this one begs for plans. I agree with all those above who say that the french doors should have been kept -- those type of architectural details need to be maintained, if only to have examples in 100 years of what the 1920-1930's houses looked like originally. I only have one front door, which faces north on a west facing small porch, so is not visible from the street. To me that makes sense, since my 1928 house sits 25' from the street, with a 100' deep back yard. Of the three original houses in our neighborhood, all of them have the same positioning on the lot. As someone pointed out, these bungalow-type houses were relatively small, inexpensive and built to be functional. Mine works well and has a great flow pattern, even if the front door does open into the living room! While the featured house looks very nice, so many of the changes were unnecessary and just ate up the clients' money.
March 17, 2014 at 8:32am     
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Give Your Compact Patio Some Major Style

11 ideas and examples to take your outdoor room from snoozefest to stellar Full Story
     Comment   March 23, 2014
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lechat8
I designed the hardscape and a terrific landscape designer designed the plants for a small space in my backyard.
March 23, 2014 at 10:02am     
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