Houzz TV: See Recycled Walls and Cool Cassette Art in a Woodsy DIY Home

Houzz TV: See Recycled Walls and Cool Cassette Art in a Woodsy DIY Home

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When designers Chris McCullough and Peggy Hsu bought this Spanish colonial bungalow, they wanted a project. In Mar Vista, a small community east of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, these homes sell quickly, so when they came upon a quaint fixer-upper with great natural light on a corner lot, they went for it.

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stlounick
Crammed full of ideas that will work in various types of houses! I thoroughly enjoyed the before and after pictures. The article also clarified the designers' reasoning about their decisions and even how they handled conflict. All of this was enlightening. Thank you so much!
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Kimberley Bryan
Wow. Fantastic before and afters. With photos taken from the same vantage points, it really makes it clear what changes were made, and how they were made. And that giant wide-arched living room window...that's a stunner.
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morefun
Wow. Serene and peaceful. Love it! Reusing all that wonderful wood is fantastic.
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Lightlink Lighting
Really brilliant, peaceful, soulful and fun. The creative reuse has a lot to do with that. I'm sure its a great place to create.
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bubblyjock
That kitchen is absolutely gorgeous, and looks as if it would be lovely to work in, too. Love the whole house, actually, and thanks for sharing so much before-and-after, which is fascinating!
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sushi227
this is a house in which I would live in a heartbeat, which is the greatest compliment I can pay.
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The Ranch Mine
Very nice work. Love how you peeled it back and added with great restraint
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twosavoie
Amazing. I love how you treated the lathe. "Cassette James Brown" is very cool.
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K
Just Lovely. Esp like the outdoor use of the mature landscape.
But have to agree with Mc­Cul­lough...The kitchen wall does not work for me at all. I would have liked an opening in the wall or designed it where an opening could be open or closed but look flush. It just feels cramped & closed off/in. Not pleasing to the eye. Maybe art would help.
But again just a lovely place.
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Anne Marsh
Incredibly beautiful! So warm ! Looks amazing ! Love the woodwork everywhere !
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artisticgurl44
oh this house is fantastic and this is the first time i've ever seen a post with several before/after pics on any website so cool thanks for the post
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suefulton
The side by side shots are wonderful...really helps to understand what's possible. Thank you!
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chookchook2
Like the wooden cabinet doors and congrats for making their own table. Before and after pics very helpful.
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Jody Thompson
Lovely home, but my favorite thing??? That adorable little car out back!!
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Sheila Schmitz
My favorite thing: Cassette James Brown!
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annjennifer
Too much wood for my liking. I prefer traditional tiles in house like this.
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Ian
The cassette mosaic on the closet in the master is incredible!
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najme taghinejad
wooden home that make me happy and comfortable, I love the Dinning table...
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Rachelle Plantagenet
Gorgeous transformation! Love the kitchen & bathroom. Unless there are no kids in the picture i wouldn't do totally away with the lawn though.
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sdtjl1010
Love the side-by-side Before and After photos. They help to understand the work and appreciate the transformation so much more. Lovely home. Major props for Cassette James Brown! Love the creativity throughout, reusing the wood is pure genius.
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shopper13
I am truly impressed! This is about the most thought through and dedicated transformation I have seen in a renovation process on Houzz. Congratulations!! This is really inspirational. Instead of running out and buying stuff, using materials already available. Not only does this save a ton of money, but it uses creativity and individuality that cannot be bought, no matter how much money is spent. The is also some spiritual aspect here, the beauty of used object that have spent years in this space, some hidden, some serving an entirely different purpose before, get to live on in a new light. This beauty is very visible to those with sensitive eyes. Thank you, you really accomplished something special.
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windingcreek_creations
With today's trend to paint everything, it is nice to see someone who appreciates and utilizes the beauty of natural wood. Lovely!
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Per Ovesen
Great house! But why the huge wooden conversation killer down the middle of the kitchen?
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vilga
like this house before, and after like. You can not finish to do something better. Just stop to do. If you can :)
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Per Ovesen
Say what???
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midmodfan
Isn't it amazing that a house with such an outstanding backyard had hardly any windows towards the garden? What a waste! I would have installed more than one door to the backyard (it's odd to access it through a bedroom), but apart from that this is a fabulous transformation!
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ne2mnleslie
They did a fabulous job -- thoughtful reuse of materials especially impressive.
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wwwjuliegouldingcom
Very creative, very brave to take out the eye level windows. Love the vintage mini, is it a fixture ? California seems like it offers a nice lifestyle.
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Edie
Beautiful home, very tasteful and balanced way of using wood, they are a lovely colour too. Great article, the best before and after images I've seen on Houzz so far!
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olldroo
Dedicated to all those who want to paint timber!! Thank you for highlighting how rich and warm beautiful timber can look.
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Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
I too had to chime in and say I very much appreciate the direct side by side before and afters. Great home and ideabook to showcase it.
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Lynn G
I don't typically like that much wood as it can look dark, but it doesn't here - you did a beautiful job! I also love the way you did the fireplace - it's a lovely detail!
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hestiavermont
Unique and absolutely beautiful. I love the wood and windows. Thanks for all the great photos - love seeing the before and after!
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Michael Aurzada
Great article. Fantastic pictures. A great vision that was consistent through the renovation.

What happened to the furnace/water heater that was on the back side of the house originally?
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lvstotrvl
I love the style of the Spanish bungalow.
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debra0147
The interiors are beautiful but the fake views through the windows are a disturbing distraction. The photoshop work here has destroyed the otherwise excellent photography. Makes one wonder what is so wrong with the actual environment this house exists in.
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simplycharmed
What an amazing, creative renovation. Cassette James Brown is superb. Would love to work with this pair of designers. Great vision! Annie Thornton - well written piece and the before and afters really put it in perspective. Thank you Houzz.
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jane hill
Why would you purchase a traditional Spanish Bungelow and turn it into an Asian design. It is beautiful inside, but for my taste, the new design takes away from the beautiful Spanish architecture. My favorite part is the beautiful yard.
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Edie
debra0147, I'm not sure I understand your comment. What fake views? In my opinion, the views through the windows match the images of the garden. Am I missing something?
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macbruja
Beautiful but hope they have clothes closet somewhere.
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xenasmom
I really like most of this redo, but I would not have put the wall between the kitchen and the dining area. It doesn't make sense to me, but that's me. I also don't get the trend for benches of any kind at the dining table, something not unique to this design. Why do you want to make your guests go through the awkward act of stepping over a bench in order to sit down, or shuffle along to find their place? If you have more than two people on a bench, it's going to be unpleasant for someone.
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Malissa Wong
Wow ... Simply beautiful
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stwbyf4
does anyone know what these windows are? steel casements? wood? aluminum clad? we live in a ca spanish ranch and looking for windows. steel (that look like these) are as expensive as major artworks. these windows are lovely!
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Penny Riha
Enjoyed side by side before and after pictures. Wish more articles were like this.
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dogtrainers
beautiful job. just goes to show you that with the right people even the "small" neighborhoods can be absolutely wonderful!
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leslieg2013
Pleeeeze don't add a second story! It's perfect just the way it is. Thank you for the "before" and after's"!
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Michael Aurzada
@stwbyf4evah

http://www.portellairondoors.com

I've used them in my house in Austin. Not sure where you live but they are very helpful and can talk you through your project.
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laplume54
They should have kept with the original Spanish Colonial design in their remodel. The remodel looks too modern in a classic home.
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Hsu McCullough
Shopper13: We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
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Hsu McCullough
Per Ovesen: Regarding the Kitchen/ Dining separation- At first, I thought the same thing would happen. However, during dinner parties, the window seat is a hub acting as an elbow between the two spaces. The wall is not a hard separation as light and movement is detected through it but separates a dinner party cooking preparation mess from a seated dinner party.
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Hsu McCullough
midmodfan: This house has a raised floor so we would have needed the deck to stretch across the entire back facade of the house, which we were not interested in doing as it would have cropped the yard. Also, more doors to backyard from our Bathroom and Office would have changed the space layout of these spaces.
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Hsu McCullough
wwwjuliegouldingcom: The view at the Living Room (North) was formerly facing the top of a property line fence and the neighbor's Dining Room which we really didn't like. The view at the Kitchen (South) was directly into the lower trunk of the existing mature Loquat tree and an alley. We didn't like that view either.
The window positions were therefore changed for additional privacy and views of sky and landscape canopy. The current position of said windows bring in more natural light than the previous positions.
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Hsu McCullough
Aurzada: The existing furnace/water heater was removed and replaced with a recess mounted tankless water heater at the sideyard.
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Hsu McCullough
debra0147: I can assure you the views from the windows are not fake. The photographer is a master of lighting - using the fantastic available natural light of Los Angeles (especially during May, when the photos were taken) and remote photographer's studio lights placed strategically through the home for some shots to balance the light.
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arteshouse
Wow, beautifully done and showcased. I love the rustic elements and modern twist.
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Hsu McCullough
stwbyf4: The windows are steel casements and awnings. The windows were purchased from architectural salvage yards in Los Angeles.
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macbruja: There is a walk-in closet behind the Cassette James Brown art wall.
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Barron Custom Design, LLC
I love everything about this- fabulous design!!!!!
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blackmanbb
The Before and After pictures are the best! Every restoration should include lots of those!
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18eng
WOW!!!
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Lisa De Meillac
Absolutely beautiful remodel
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Hsu McCullough
blackmanbb: We meticulously photographed each room and the exterior yard from every vantage point so we could design the alterations during escrow.
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Affirming Kitchen Clarity
passion and vision.....absolutely love it!
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Robin
Very nicely done.
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Robin
I like the minimal use of floor furniture.
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Amy Marie
How did you renovate the windows? I have a house that is from the 1930s and in a similar Spanish style. We would like to upgrade the windows but preserve the style.
   
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szyanya
I love it!!
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Michael Aurzada
Finding matching "custom" windows like those at an "architectural" salvage yard is worth a story in itself.
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Jaime Rosa
You created a dream house from salvaged material and I must say it is beautiful. Thank for sharing your ideas and inspirations. Off I go to my shop.:)
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vladbike
Love their bathroom and bedroom. Very creative art pieces made out of practically junk. Bravo!
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Hsu McCullough
aurzada: Regarding the windows - that is so true. It took us 6 months and over ten salvage locations from Santa Barbara to San Diego. If you look closely, the window operator hardware and locks sometimes vary from room to room but the individual window lite size always remains exactly the same dimension.
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Kate
What a beautiful home. They did a fabulous job bringing character back into the home while simplifying and cleaning up the lines. The yard is so much more inviting.
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scotshot
The kitchen reminds me of a half finished remodeling project waiting for the plaster to be applied to the lath. All of the other wood looks as if it's a half done project and needs to be finished. It works well outside as a fence. All of this, of course can be painted. I feel i would have a different take on this if the kitchen was set up for everyday life. It's just too bare.
The dining area is missing art on the wood wall. The look as it is now is major Flintstones. It'd be a great for a Halloween Flintstones party.

Much about this home is gorgeous. Sorry for all the snark today.
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zamudiogpe
Wonderful difference with the wood!!!
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tsudhonimh
To those bemoaning the loss of the "Spanish Colonial" feel. I've been in absolutely untouched houses of that era and they have the clean, simple lines of the house shown here, with plain arches (that brick was an abomination!) and no frou-frou. They adapt beautifully to modern furniture.

Hsu - Love the windows! I thought for a while that you had managed to keep windows intact, then realized the sizes were different and some were smaller. Changing to high windows to control the view is a very Spanish Colonial detail.

Super sleuthing job!
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dianecshirley
Stunning remodel, but not in character with the house. Too bad.
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lindaannes
Genius use of re-usables. Love the window seat. Do you have a close up of the dining (wood branch ) light fixture? Did you run LEDs through a branch? Fun to see the cute car too!
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Hsu McCullough
lindaannes: Yes-five LEDs through a Sycamore branch with a remote transformer. We hope to share a "How To" forum with Houzz on this light fixture sometime in the future.
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mnemonics
Gorgeous house. Love the wood look throughout the house. And it is beautifully photographed..
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dianakp
I agree with dianecshirley. I lived many years in So Cal and love the Spanish Colonial houses. Always wanted to own one. I have seen wonderful renovations keeping the style and character of the original architecture. That is what I expected to see. But the remodeling was done beautifully...
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jeanette5
Wow! What talent and skill
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Riverpark Interiors
Not much makes me jealous. This does! Great find! Wonderful work!
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Margaret Newett
Great Job
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kfwjc
Would love a how to for the wire connector wall map artwork.
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slrslr
This is amazing, and the before photos add to the appreciation of what was accomplished here. Until I saw the befores, I assumed the windows with the grill work were intrinsic to the house. Nope! Just an incredible remodel, and the house is a gem. And thanks for the side by side before and afters. I will be studying them many more times.
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Michael Aurzada
Impressed. Trying to repurpose windows like that is very tough. You have to have architectural plans and design for casement size approved then hope you could pick them out? Or find them all then draw your plans? Would you have done it differently? How many hours were put into the salvage process?
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Becky Harris
Wow, they did such a good job, and I especially liked the before and afters matched up like that - what a huge difference!
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Hsu McCullough
Michael Aurzada: We had approximate desired widths and heights for each room. We went searching for them, then we finalized our floor plan. Our next house, for ourselves, will probably be all sliding doors manufactured in 2014 - haha.
The salvage process was constant for two years. Visiting salvage yards, searching on craigslist and websites, etc.
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alexandra1215
There are so many things I love about this house! I appreciate the inclusion of the before and after photos which really highlight the dramatic and wonderful changes you've made. While generally speaking I tend to like a "lighter" look in a kitchen, I absolutely love what you've done in yours with all that pretty wood. I especially love the semi-transparent wooden wall...brilliant!
I love your bed too and thank you for providing the details for that. (Your dog atop that gorgeous bed is simply adorbable too).
While I love your dining room table and do appreciate the naturalness and whimsy of the log benches, I can't imagine wanting to be the guest that gets stuck sitting on one of those. I find dining on backless "chairs" uncomfortable and that log looks like it would be a bit hard on the rump. Unlike the rest of the house, this element does not seem conducive to inviting one to sit and linger.
But that's a small thing. Overall, bravo to you! Best wishes living in this gorgeous and tranquil home.
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Hsu McCullough
alexandra1215: Thank you very much. Peggy and I tend to sit at the benches at parties and we have a pillow for each bench (not photographed). We do have more chairs throughout the house we bring around the Dining table just in case. The benches actually are used more frequently as rolling tables outside onto the deck or into the Office as a bench for vinyl listening parties.
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Adnan Alamri
I say it's amazing how you can utilize the small spaces and turn it into a beatifull view with suitable Furntures
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Thanks for including the before photos. So many times, when viewing a remodel, I'm disappointed that all the original, quirky elements were discarded. But from the pictures, I can see that these materials had already been lost over the years. It is helpful in appreciating, then, the creative re-invention of the space. While I personally would have given more of a nod to Spanish Art Deco style (just because that's my thang), I find this a beautiful interpretation. And beyond its looks, this home also has an incredible vibe to it - it just FEELS like such a wonderful space in which to live.
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Hsu McCullough
Though Peggy and I do love Spanish Colonial homes, our interior direction was influenced by the minimalism and restraint of Luis Barragan.
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ginnieny17
I love the before and after, love the combinations of wood, the light over the dining table is wonderful, and would love to figure out how to do one myself. The bedroom going outdoors to the lovely grounds, gardens completed it for me. Natural indoors to nature outdoors, a natural art piece. I could definitely see myself here!
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ems1008
The way they shot the before/after photos REALLY made it easier to conceptualize the changes in my mind.
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Kerry Urech
This is an extremely clever and beautiful renovation. Bravo! I love every well thought out inch of it. Even the artwork is sensational!
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triggerfu
Annie - I love the idea of using Black Walnut for the Kitchen Countertops, but, how does that hold up with hot cookware that you would normally set down on granite and general water from the sink?
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Miranda Wagner
Love it all, creative, serene, but have to say I want my kitchen sink to face outside! (As in before photo)
That new sink wall feels austere and very uninviting. I do love the way that wall looks from the dining room, but not from being in the kitchen. Beautiful job overall!
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Hsu McCullough
triggerfu: Regarding the Walnut countertops - We do sit hot cookware on the countertops with no problem. We apply mineral twice a month to the countertop so it keeps it's rich look. We usually apply more to the sink area. Otherwise, if in the future something scars the countertop, we can sand it to fix.
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Tanya H
I can't even begin to list the reasons I love this house!! I would immediately feel at home in it.
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Hsu McCullough
miramira: Good observation regarding the sink. Unfortunately that South exterior wall where you suggest we face the sink is an alley - the least appealing area of the property.
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Vanessa Temple Day
Sad to see all the original brick trim disappear.
   
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Hsu McCullough
Vanessa Temple Day: The original "brick" trim was 1/2" thick artificial polymer "brick" popular in remodels of the 1970s and 1980s. It was not original to the house.
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cowgrl
JANE HILL, TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU
   
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midepabonito
Just great.
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bong27
Superrrrrr
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jackiek69
I'm with lindaannes...CAN'T WAIT for a tutorial in reference to the "branch light fixture". I simply don't possess the electric know-how to make much out of the already-given detailed description. Regardless, FANTASTIC remodel! Just beautiful...period!
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Susan Smeltzer
The map in the heating grill! OMG! :)
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gailathome
Great makeover!! But I loved the photo of your wire fox terrier on your bed. I used to have one named Franklin.
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Elizabeth Olin
@ScotShot. Not sure why some people think it is ok to be snarky about someone's home decorating decisions. Would you say these things to their face? (Hope not!) If you don't like it, move on to the next Houzz article without leaving a negative comment. This is supposed to be a friendly place where we can find ideas, or just enjoy seeing what other folks can do to make their homes their happy place.
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Elizabeth Olin
I think the kitchen/dining room wall is genius. Its an excellent reuse of materials, and at the same time it allows for light, air, and conversation to flow freely, while keeping the prep mess out of view of guests. I can see it would be easy to carry on a conversation with someone in the dining room while working at the sink. I think the kitchen is cozy and well designed for ease of use. The under-shelf lighting is wonderful. And the cutting board is an "I want one, too". Good for you! :)
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orthey
Beautiful home! My favorites are the original art in the master bedroom as your backyard!
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jtravln
I own a Spanish colonial and, while not a purist, I think this remodel is totally inappropriate. These folks should have bought a rancher or an Eichler. The remodel looks like it was well contructed and I can appreciate the reuse and recycle, but the aesthetic is all wrong for a Spanish stucco. Having said that, I love what they did with the back yard and the chairs in the garden are awesome. Just my 2 cents.
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cocoanlace
I wonder if this is the same Peggy Hsu who worked at Lear Astronics on Bundy Drive for many years. :- ) (I worked for Geert.)
   
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arteshouse
What can you tell me about the log benches. I really love this home.
   
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dclostboy
Best part were the before and afters at the end...but might like to have seen them interspersed throughout better.
   
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This couple had such amazing vision for the space, both indoors and out. Looking at the before pictures really emphasized that. I love all the textures and natural materials used with a modern sensibility. So much was interesting and unique; I especially thought the description of the dividing wall b/t the kitchen and family area was a good solution. It gave the kitchen some separation but not isolation. Kudos!
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Erika Bierman Photography
Fantastic work!
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Robin
I don't understand how a couple who OWNS a home can't do whatever they want with it, whether in keeping with the original design or not. If you don't own it, appreciate what someone who does can imagine and bring to fruition through their own interpretation. The McCullough's have to live and function within this home and built what suited their needs-functional and aesthetic. The rest of us will only view it from the outside (except for this Ideabook) and never know that the inside might be different from the outside. Everyone has to make choices within their budget and imagination. This home is much more attractive than most of us could ever hope for, regardless of (dis)loyalty to Spanish colonial style.
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cocoanlace: No, a different Peggy Hsu.
   
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arteshouse: The log benches are from a pine tree that was saved from a wood chipper. They were milled to have flat surfaces on top and bottom by someone who has a mobile saw mill for preparing log homes. The logs sat in the shade for about a year to dry out and limit cracking. After, we added castors to the bottoms so the benches could be wheeled around the house when needed. They were sealed in a semi-gloss transparent sealer.
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Hsu McCullough
gailathome: We love that photo too. Izzy Pop, the wire fox terrier is a natural poser.
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Diane L
Love the Wire Haired Terrier
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asongforxx
I love this home so much. It's serene, modern and fresh, while preserving the beautiful original details. Everything about this home plays to the location as well as the obviously sophisticated tastes of the owners. Well done.
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David Ruud
There are those who are aghast with the interjection of personal imagination...personal needs and desires into a "house"...by the "homeowners"...the ones that "actually live there"...because it deviates from the "original style" of the house. These people suffer from a condition that is known as "Tunnel Vision". These people generally lack the ability to generate "original thought" and are prone to have "hissy fits" when someone "colors outside the line". It is generally recommended that it is much safer for these people to purchase an "Orrin Thompson Home" and get design ideas from the "Sears Roebuck Catalog"...or if feeling unusually "risky"...perhaps "Martha Stewart". ;^)
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Leah & Byron McFarlane
Oh my goodness... did you buy my mother's Spanish style lamp that you have in the living room corner ! It's identical to hers lol Interesting thing... my husband & I have been thinking of asking her about it recently. While the kitchen isn't 100% to my liking -- I really like the wood variations.
   
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Leah & Byron McFarlane: Hi, We were told by the salvage yard owner that the light fixtures came from a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. They were spray painted with "X"s, like many demolition subcontractors do to indicate salvage removal, so we needed to clean them (Goof Off and Jasco) and sand them a little. Thanks.
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Lynn Morford
Hi - We own a 1929 Spanish style house in Rancho Park -- not far from your house. We want to repaint it a lighter color with dark brown trim. Can you please share your exterior colors?
Thank you!
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Charmean Neithart Interiors
Warm and simple, very charming.
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mom824: The cement plaster was a custom white mixture provided by Old English Plastering. We started with colors similar to "Swiss Coffee" and "Whisper White". The dark brown trim is a color called "The Dark Side" by ICI Paints which is now Dulux, I believe.
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wantsideas
Great windows and doors and love the window seat with a view and the built in storage underneath. Thank you very much for sharing the before/after pictures side by side from the same angle for those of us with little vision. IZZY POP!
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I like how they kept the charm of the house yet modern and fresh. The mixtape collage is such an awesome piece.
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shopper13
Did you include any other energy saving aspects to the house as well during the remodeling process besides the tankless hot water heater you mentioned?
   
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Hsu McCullough
shopper13: We insulated the walls, ceilings and roof. By reusing the wall framing and wood lath that was removed in selected locations as finish material throughout the house and exterior, one could make an argument for energy saving through sustainability.
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Neil Herat
It's a beautiful Spanish house , but I like brick plastered walls instead of timber
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Wonerful little mini Cooper
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Peri Perry Productions
Incredible Home!!!!!!!
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Rita Patrick
I am in love with everything except the wall sculpture in living room. I would like to see a very large unique art price there similar to the cassette art.
   
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Diana Bier Interiors, LLC
So much creativity and love went into this remodel, it's astounding! All the wood is beautiful, especially the old oak floors--they have such a subtle sheen.
I'm also impressed with the involvement of the architects/homeowners in the comments--it's rare to get so much feedback, especially in the face of the negativity of some posters.
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arteshouse
Applause to Hsu McCullough for sharing this home with us and for responding to all our questions. Keeps the conversation going in a very personal way. Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate it very much. Your pride in your work shows.
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tilyke
Beautiful. It really is a tasteful remodel, I love the fact that they reused as much of the materials as possible. And most of all i like the fact that it looks modern, but still warm and like someone lives there. :)
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Shelley
I also adore the most clever log benches and especially the dining light! I have been trying to figure out what to do with my 4 can lights above my dining table... I may " steal" your idea if I can find someone smart enough to wire it for me! Help if u can with some suggestions! I love your ingenious brilliance!
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Hsu McCullough
Rita Patrick: Thank you. I will say the sandpiper wall sculpture (selected as an ode to our proximity to the beach) is scaled to not compete with the bold presence of the hanging lanterns, feature wall of the fireplace and the very large window across the room. What doesn't show in the photos is how the natural light can create amazing shadows from the floating legs and beaks of the sculpture whicj standoff from the wall - something a large "painting" wouldn't necessarily do.
We think the cassette art works best because its position, unique to that exact location, in the house offers a view from a distance (approach from the driveway) where the cassettes disappear and a face is revealed.
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Eileen Becher
this is incredibly creative and beautiful-always less than impressed with the idea that all homes-esp older, need by some regulation to have unchanged style down to a purist form-that includes mcm, Spanish colonial craftsman and contemporary-it seems that with a well practiced eye-all those styles can meld with amenities of todays lifestyle-especially want to make a table from my redwood leftovers but need help I cant find. the artwork in this is brilliant
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Charlene Earl
Beautiful home and great renovation! Thank you for the extensive Before & After photos!
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virg2
There is nothing about this house I don't love! Wow, what a fabulous makeover.
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Anel Vargas
Before and after
   
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tshome
Spend all that money and end up with a galley kitchen. Count me out.
   
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LinleyMosier
I really love how you framed your light switches in the living room!!! (Photo #7) what a creative, AWESOME idea!!!
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Hsu McCullough
L@TKW: Thank you. Keen eye.
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Jennifer Grey Interiors Design & Color Specialist
One of my favorite features of all time. Brilliant design.
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bubblyjock
@ tshome...??? Galley kitchens are the most efficient set-up possible! And I'm talking as a retired chef...

@ Hsu McCullough - thanks for sticking around to answer questions: we're many thousands of miles from you, but the endless search for salvaged materials certainly resonates: worth the effort eventually, isn't it, even if you do have to kiss (and re-sell) a lot of frogs.

You can always tell when people really find a Houzz Tour attractive when there's persistent talk about wanting to meet the owners and party with them in the house. Plenty of that going on here!
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Hsu McCullough
bubblyjock: Regarding the galley Kitchen layout, Peggy and I both love to cook and the galley layout is very efficient and fun to cook in with about 9 feet of countertop space on either side. The Kitchen work triangle is located at the end of the Kitchen, as is a convenient door to the exterior (not shown) - see floor plan.
Short of us relocating the Kitchen to another area of the house, we thought it was best to keep the Kitchen in its original position but elongate it (combing the existing Breakfast Nook, Mud Room/Laundry and Kitchen) without pinching the Dining Room.

It's our pleasure to provide answers to your questions.
Haha - by frogs do you mean pieces that were gathered when salvaging but not used? If so, we do have some interesting light fixtures and large wood pieces that didn't work for this house but we were compelled to pick up at the time due to the deal offered . For the next project, I guess...
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Robin
HSU and fellow music buff, is that a bookcase of old record albums? I eventually converted to CDs, then loaded those into iTunes, only because albums took up so much real estate.
   
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Robin: Yes, they are records. Close to 4,000 LPs & 12"s - only about a third are shown in that photo. I still buy the occasional CD and mp3 but nothing beats vinyl.
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Robin
OMG! What's your favorite album, of all time?
   
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Hsu McCullough
Robin: It's an impossible question for me to answer but records on the office stereo the last couple of days:
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 - Kalakuta Show
Fela & The Africa 70 - Roforofo Fight
Miles Davis - Live-Evil
King Krule-6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Savages-Silence Yourself
Prince Jammy-Computerised Dub
Goat-World Music
Nirvana-Nevermind
Saada Bonaire-Saada Bonaire
Gal Costa-India
Dilla-Donuts
St. Vincent-St. Vincent
The Mohawks-The Champ
Giorgio Moroder-E=MCsquared
The Velvet Underground-The Velvet Underground
Sylvia Striplin-Give Me Your Love
Kraftwerk-The Man Machine
Jackie Mittoo-Now
New Order-Substance
World Psychedelic Classics 5-Who Is William Onyeabor/

phew...
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Lightlink Lighting
I love this renovation. It's so creative and inspiring. The LP wall is especially cool; being a jazz musician/lighting designer. You've got a great list thee. I've still got most Of my LPs but not a turntable at present. Somehow it's hard to let them go. The random access of CDs is essential but the warmth and presence vinyl offers. It's interesting you named two of my disparate favorites: Miles Davis and nirvana. I was actually fortunate enough to have recorded with one of Miles' sax layers, Bill Evans. What other jazz do you find yourself listening to in your beautiful home.
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Hsu McCullough
Lightlink Lighting: Wow - that is fantastic! Other jazz LP favorites in no particular order:
Herbie Hancock-Fat Albert Rotunda, Thrust, Head Hunters, Man-Child
Nat Adderly-The Scavenger
John Coltrane-A Love Supreme
Bob James-One
Sun Ra-everything by
Duke Ellington-Jumpin Pumkins, Harlem, Soul Call
Airto Moreira-I'm Fine. How Are You?
Ahmad Jamal-Inspiration
Donald Byrd-Stepping Into Tomorrow
Frank Foster-The Loud Minority
Dorothy Ashby-Afro-Harping
Alice Coltrane-Journey In Satchidananda
Pharoah Sanders-Karma
I could just keep going...Jazz is one of my favorite genres to have on LP
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Michael Aurzada
Great comprehensive list.

Hot Rats - Frank Zappa
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ritaroseray
this is the best display of before & after pictures, side by side, I have ever seen shown. should be shown like this every time so one can look at each different detail that was done at the same time.
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Gary Brewer Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Great Wire Hair Fox Terrier. Have one of my own. Oh yeah…house is nice too.
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Lightlink Lighting
I love your music list. Quite a few I'm not familiar with, too. Donald Byrd and Coltrane are of course faves from your list. Being a guitarist I have to add them, too: metheny, stern, Frisell, pat Martino, Wes Montgomery! Mike
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Studio NOO Design
Love it, this wood is beautiful !
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Fantastic imagination -- great design, respectful of history and imaginative in the same time
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m.a.p. interiors inc. / Sylvia Beez
A modern, warm and very tasteful redo. Love both the indoor and outdoor space. My favorites are the use of the reclaimed wood, the windows, the outdoor dining space under the mature trees and the LP collection. We kept our collection as well, and instead of watching TV in the living room, we watch the vinyls turn, listening to old Jazz, Motown and Northern Soul :)
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moxieinvt
Saw your house on the Tiny House newsletter. This article has many more photos and lots more info. Makes me sad I threw away the lath from my old farmhouse. Won't make that mistake again, thanks.
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oglow
Nice looks like the wood in my kitchen there is hope for my kitchen
   
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Karen Vanelli
Love everything about this renovation...you guys did a wonderful job....wish I had it!!!
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G and S Installation USA, LLC.
Wow, the windows look great against the wood! We specialize in installing similar windows so I love seeing the concept of the black frame against wood. it works! I also love the custom arched windows, it brings amazing natural light into the house. Looks great.
Thanks, G&S
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brooksbollard
Good for them. I LOVE the trees and outdoors spaces.

Personally, I think the styles of the house don't really work well together. Too much wood and too busy with all the wood slats and tile. The front door doesn't look like it should be there. Does the old door open into the dining room from the front entry? If so, That seems odd to me. Access to backyard only through bedroom is unfortunate.

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bluanne
I've found my dream house and it's not what I thought It would be! It's better!
I've never lived anywhere that there were spanish colonials but I would love the blueprints for this home.

A wonderful remodel, all in all a double thumbs up.
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Robin
Hsu, that's awesome you have Kraftwerk...I do too! I've just come back to look through you home pictures again. Your home makes me feel relaxed. I don't see one thing wrong with it. It's also attractive because it's modest in size, probably easy to maintain, not crammed with a bunch of furniture to act as junk magnets, and a most desirable back yard oasis. It's one of the nicest homes I've seen on Houzz.
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Paula
I've seen so many of these old houses on the westside (I grew up in Culver City, and there were a ton of them on the east side of town), and I love what you've done with this one. I personally would not like to have dinner sitting on one of the benches (any bench -- not just yours), but it's a lovely job on what was never an especially great house. I'm also happy that the kitchen is mostly separate. I hate having the kitchen be essentially part of the living space.

Also, I wish we could see the James Brown mosaic from a farther distance. I can't make my eyes see the image from the photographs!

Those mature yuccas would be a draw for me, too. I love how you place the outdoor dining space under their arch. Like a living canopy.
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Nancy Kay
I love the big metal chairs in the yard. May I ask where you bought them?

Thank you.

Nancy
   
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Hsu McCullough
Nancy Kay: The chairs near the fire pit are the West Elm Montauk Nest Chairs
   
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anmmar
Amazing!
   
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Vladimir Petek, Architekt HTL
The idea to place a sofa in the kitchen is very cosy and the music tape wall picture looks just great.
Every other details from woodwork to furniture design is just brilliant.

Overall a really genius makeover of this type of Spanish colonial architecture.

Thank you for sharing!
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snoopylady
Such a dreamy house...nice work
   
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julieeaston
I love everything about this beautiful home! Would you tell me what color you painted the interior? I have a similar small home in Santa Monica 1928 Spanish. Want to remodel and brighten it.
   
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julieeaston: ICI paints Swiss Coffee
   
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kittymcc
Do you know the exact species of the yucca trees. They are so beautiful and tall!
   
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kittymcc: We believe they may be Yucca Gigantea.
   
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C4Real
Those beautiful trees have such movement to them. A they look like dancers.
   
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bookleaf
They did a great job -lots of good ideas. I also really appreciate that the before/after pic's were taken from the same angle/position. I can't believe how many times the after picture is from a totally different perspective, which really confuses the impact.
   
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Lynnie
Great to see that you have kept the lines of the older style. I especially think that the window and door Archways are very cool and new homes are putting them in. The yard is great with the concret firepit.
   
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Wendy Russell
Wow! This house is absolutely fabulous! I love the wood finishes, particularly the benches in the dining area! Well done guys!
   
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suneiah
Love the way they restored this house and custom made the dinning furniture and fixtures and lights (not to mention the bedroom artwork). The windows are my favourite feature throughout the house.
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Jo DP
I am in love with the much misunderstood bungalow! This one is a wonderful, thoughtful design & shows how with a few tweaks they make great contemporary spaces suiting differing interior styles. Once you have lived in a bungalow you will never turn back. Thanks Houzz.
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chemistrykaren
I'd seen this before, on the US site - it's absolutely swoonsome. Timber wins me over every time, and its use here is inspired.
   
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dianaw66
Lovely! Really like the bedroom artwork. There must be a separate dressing room or something though as no sign of clothes storage in the bedroom?
   
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hillary59
Loved this makeover . Thanks for" before "pics , really heightens the inspiration value.
Maybe too many timber colours for me but the overall look is appealing. I like that they had the insight to alter the sitting area windows . Changed the atmosphere completely.Also the new offset appearance of the fireplace alongside the L shaped sofa worked well. My sister works in Californian real estate and the drought is creating challenges with Landscaping she tells me. They have done an excellent job here , its a really inviting space too.
   
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clloydwilliams
I love that your before and after pictures were from the same angles! Great job and obviously one you enjoyed; beautiful reclamation of your home.
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wuff
Congratulations, obvious labour of love, cleaning and lathing all the reclaimed timber. The dining seat log, pretty special, I am guessing not easily moved. Enjoy
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FatCat
Fatastic before and after shots. Nicely done home.
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skier7
where did you get the windows? they are great!
   
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Debbie Byard
What a fantastic transformation. I absolutely love it.
   
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maudiej
The before and after photos complete the experience of seeing your home. It is beautifully imagined and done.
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davsay
Really like Izzy Pop, the backyard and the car. The car, is it an old Fiat, Morris or perhaps a Simca?
   
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Hsu McCullough

The car is a Mini Cooper.

   
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normpo

Very unique and beautiful Home! The wood ads so much warmth. It must be soothing to smell the wood in the bath. That hanging dinning room light is spectacular! Two warm and talented people. Wonderful home. Thanks for sharing.

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River Valley Cabinet Works

Not sure if this is the right word, but very "eclectic" comes to mind. It certainly is a unique way to enjoy the beauty of wood.

   
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Hope Anderson

What a fantastic use of reclaimed wood! My favorite elements are the mantle/shelf in the living room and the fence in the backyard. I so admire your using all the leftover cuts for the latter. Congratulations on a beautiful remodel.

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Cypress Architecture & Design Inc

You showed a very nice 'touch' on this house project. I like it a lot.


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Fiberon Decking

What a great use of salvaged materials! Even though the building material they used was reclaimed, they were success at creating a modern look. Here's another interesting horizontal application using something similar...composite decking boards, which are also eco-friendly and create the same look.

Contemporary Exterior · More Info


   
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Bela Wood

A lovely couple with great taste. I love it all. Those teardrop windows are to die for! Who does most the cooking? Did you consider open plan? or communication space between dining room and kitchen? The light fixtures are very cool. Light fixtures are so expensive and so hard to find really nice ones. We all here can see that you both are designers. Kudos on a great job!

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Hsu McCullough

Peggy is a fantastic cook. We considered opening the Dining to the KItchen but decided to have some visual separation between looking at a "kitchen mess", the trail of pots, pans, blenders, mixing bowls, etc., while eating dinner. The window seat acts as a social hub for us and guests as well as a pivot between the Kitchen and Dining. By keeping the dividing wall we also kept shelf storage. We did consider creating a few openings in the wall towards the end of construction but loved the wall too much to change it.

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lucciboy

I love the light/log hanging in the livingroom, my husband has been debating doing a similar light with LED. Can you share any insight on how this was made?

   
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Hsu McCullough

The light has a transformer buried in the branch that the electrical wire is pulled to. From the transformer there is an individual wires to each lamp (routed in the branch along the top). We would recommend consulting a licensed electrician to do the install/wiring of all electrical components.

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Derrick Budd
looking forward to show off my reclaimed house project (almost done)
great article
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hidesertkath

One of my favorite projects on Houzz. I love the world map!


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John Brunelle

I also repurposed wood lath. I just moved into my newly constructed home on May 1. As it was being constructed, neighbors were remodeling their own home and I salvaged their discarded wood lath, sanded it, sealed it and built this wall in my foyer. It can't be seen in the photo but there is a solid wall of repurposed wood lath and on top of that in random intervals, I attached a second layer of small pieces of lath.

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redrocklane

Good Evening,

Chris & Peggy,

Would like to talk with both of you regarding the trials and joys of remodeling . I am thinking of remodeling my Spanish Colonial in West Hollywood. Lot is 40 X 100, one bathroom, 2 bedrooms. My yard needs lots of work to get to the beautiful backyard that you have now. Your original home looks like a "sister/cousin" of my present house.

You mention that it took about two years to complete the project. Was wondering why this time frame. Do you have an architect guiding you? I am planning to not live in the house during the remodel. Do you think this will move the project along faster?

Truly love your wood double front doors. Your idea about adding wood to existing floors is interesting. It was very inventive use of the fireplace. I think you kept the original set-up with your very unique mantle.

Based on the level of your outdoor deck, do you have a crawl space on the foundation? I am thinking of removing/replacing all windows in the house. In the back of the house installing sliding glass doors for the full width of the house. Inviting Mother Nature into the interior.

Yes, we live in a wonderful area, great weather, great museums and even lots of great people. I love LA. Best thoughts to both of you, Margaret



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Hsu McCullough

Hi Margaret (redrocklane),

Peggy and I are architects/designers and we lived in our house during construction so it took longer which helped with financing the work.

Otherwise, the project could have been completed in less than 6 months if under different conditions.

We do have a crawlspace hence the raised deck (astute observation).

Best of luck with your project.

We love Los Angeles as well. Our neighborhood, in particular, is fantastic!

HM

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joanandpeter

What a lot of comments this article drew. Do believe most can express contrasting ideas without "snark". Personally think this redo presents a lovely stylish homage to our CA Spanish style by keeping its red tile roof, white adobe, large windows & extensive use of wood.

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I like the B and W before and after
   
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oldblackdog

This is quite wonderful. Devoid of trendiness, idiosyncratic and universally appealing at the same time.

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janythw

Thanks so much for the Before & After pix -- they made the scope of the project so much more understandable. You did a great job... and the photos make us appreciate your vision.

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Jessa Rodenburgh

This is so not my style but I absolutely love it!!! Great job! Looks relaxing and calm. I am one of the few who do not like open concepts, I don't want to see my kitchen mess so I get not opening it up.

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carolinedauria

Love it! I love this style of house which sadly we don't really have int he UK, the re-design is wonderful. I'm very jealous! I want to move out there straight away and leave cold London well and truly behind.

very inspiring.


   
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seacruiser

Love the Record shelf - I have a huge collection myself - what material did you use to build the shelf - how far apart are the vertical boards. Any details of the construction would be great, as I would like to build the same in my home

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marikiriki
Can I ask where the steel windows and door in the bedroom were sourced?
   
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seacruiser: The vertical boards range in distance from 20" to about 40". We used reclaimed Douglas Fir lumber. The prepared the wood to have a rough texture by cleaning it with a wire-wheel and drill. We blind screwed the horizontals and verticals with long wood screws.

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marikiriki: Architectural salvage yards throughout Los Angeles.

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cistein
Lovely house. Great use of woods, I love both, tiles and beautiful woods, and lets get real, the wood used here is definitely not your granny's pinewood log cabin. lol.
   
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seacruiser

Thanks Hsu, are the Douglas Fir Boards 1" x 12"

   
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Poppy Potts

I wouldn't use lath for walls in this type of house but it turned out lovely for them and seemed to bond them to each other so was a romantic love story. The house is real cute, I like it

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goodewyfe

Per Hsu McCullough: "Though Peggy and I do love Spanish Colonial homes, our interior direction was influenced by the minimalism and restraint of Luis Barragan."

This makes sense to me. The home was built in the 1930's. I believe Senor Barragan would have been working at that time. So, the house and the inspiration for what they did with it are contemporaries.

And I love the dog, Izzy Pop.

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naraida

This is such a lovely, creative and imaginative home. What an interesting and talented couple.

   
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Sandra Floyd

LOVE this house ans all the couple's ideas! :)


   
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ems1008

What a nice couple. :-)

   
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Behzad Tarekhi

yes...yes... I loved so , you are wonderful , perfeact...

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dianecshirley

So refreshing and thoughtful, this place, compared to the ego/money monster vacation house plopped on 3200 acre piece of property in Texas Hill country.

   
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woolylam

Wondering how you cleaned the wood lathe and other reclaimed construction wood in the house. When we have opened up the walls in our home the wood had a musty smell. Wish we would have had the foresight to save some of the lathe- would have been fun to use in the garden at least. Very interesting use of the lathe. Thanks for sharing!

   
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Hsu McCullough

woolylam: We used a drill with a wire wheel bit. We stripped the lath, revealing a rough texture.

Our existing lath was bone dry - no moisture.

   
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kelly hallman design
this outdoor space is neat + inviting
   
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Shakuff

I love that house! Such innovative uses of old things!

   
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PIPA Wall Art & Design

Absolutely beautiful pieces of work.