Located just outside of downtown Los Angeles, in the little-known neighborhood of Hermon, a 1920s bungalow has been given a modern facelift by architect Martin Fenlon. Through a major remodel, the dilapidated original home now has a new addition that, while being nested closely with the original structure, is also remarkably different. The boxy clear-cedar-clad addition contrasts with the original torched cedar of the rest of the structure while integrating with the front yard through a series of terraces which form steps and a long bench at the front of the house.
Recalling California mission architecture, the home has been decorated with simple white plaster and walnut and teak finishes throughout. The original gabled porch roof was removed, leaving a hole in the roof for a unique triangular skylight which bathes the interior with a geometric pattern of natural light. The low ceiling was also removed to expose the original wood beams and create a wide-open space overhead.
In the kitchen, the ceiling was left in place, defining a distinct space within the open-plan structure and concealing the cost-effective wood IKEA cabinetry. A large sliding window over the kitchen counter opens completely, allowing access to the counter from outside and creating a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.
The striking translucent glass tile in the bathroom reflects the natural light from the skylight and makes a playful contrast to the dark roof of the original home.
Images via Martin Fenlon Architecture