Family home addition takes a new approach

You've likely never seen a renovation like this. Martin Fenlon Architecture used clear cedar to create a unique frontispiece
Story by: David Renwick
An exposed ceiling with gables opens up the architecture, beam, ceiling, daylighting, dining room, floor, flooring, hardwood, house, interior design, loft, real estate, table, wood, wood flooring, white, orange
An exposed ceiling with gables opens up the entire room

Architect: Martin Fenlon ArchitectureAbout the project (text supplied): In the little-known neighborhood of Hermon, located just outside of downtown Los Angeles, a dilapidated 1920’s bungalow has undergone a major remodel, bringing new life to the old structure. The new addition to the front of the house forms a unique alliance with the remodeled existing house. This new frontispiece appears to be intimately nested within the older existing house, while maintaining a stark differentiation. The frontispiece has been clad in a clear cedar which contrasts the torched cedar that wraps the rest of the structure. The front addition integrates the house with the adjacent streetscape as it terraces down to the sidewalk and forms a long bench.


This triangular window lights up the living room architecture, beam, ceiling, daylighting, floor, hardwood, home, house, interior design, laminate flooring, living room, real estate, roof, window, wood, wood flooring, white
This triangular window lights up the living room

The original gabled porch roof was removed leaving a large triangular opening in the roof which has become a skylight, flooding the interior with natural light. The existing ceiling was removed to expose the original wooden roof structure. The new walnut and teak finishes throughout are similar in tone with this existing wood, blurring the distinction between old and new. The simple combination of the wood and white plaster throughout is reminiscent of California mission architecture.

In the bedroom, plentiful use of glass and architecture, bed, bed frame, bedroom, ceiling, daylighting, estate, floor, hardwood, home, house, interior design, mattress, real estate, room, window, wood, wood flooring, gray, brown
In the bedroom, plentiful use of glass and a floating bed create an open space

The wood clad kitchen is embedded within the existing plaster-finished enclosure, forming a distinct space within a space that echoes the exterior relationship of old and new, while concealing economic Ikea cabinetry. A large window over the kitchen counter slides open, bringing the outdoors in while allowing use of the counter from the exterior. Other areas of the interior are punctuated by a series of built-ins that integrate everyday objects with the spaces they’re in.

Dec 07, 2017
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