2790 Monte Mar Terrace
For the exterior update of this 1949 home (originally designed by S. Graham Latta), anthracite and cream colored cement board cladding was used to accentuate the bold new soffits, overhangs, and garage door, architecturally framing the redwood siding and defining the home’s overall form. Pecan shell blasting restored the beauty of the original redwood siding without damaging it. A driveway of circular pavers and Astroturf—water-permeable—were the finishing touch that brought this mid-century gem into the 21 century.
Guestary at Monte Mar
In true mid-century vernacular, this area was previously an outdoor lanai patio for entertaining and storage. In order to keep the space flexible for indoor-outdoor entertaining and transform it into a much-needed library and ensuite guest room, architect Rick Leslie combined the openness of multiple sliding glass doors with the warmth of walnut millwork which provides both shelving and a hidden Murphy bed, a mid-century convenience interpreted and engineered to contemporary standards. Radiant heated floors, flow thru sea breezes and a ceiling fan keep the space comfortable all year round.
Brett Davis, uniFORM-ARC
Developed by Sandy Becker and Ann Blanchard. In this bold, bright, and beautiful modern home in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, walls of glass doors disappear to merge the indoors and outdoors. Sliding wall panels seamlessly transformed public spaces into private ones. Sheet metal cladding, tropical hardwood, cement board siding, and stucco all wrapped around one another to create an exciting and attractive façade that was both environmentally sound and low maintenance.
630 Tigertail Road
Craig McMahon Architects
This 1960s-vintage modern home in the hills of Brentwood got an exterior update that complemented its beautiful lines. Quartzite stone veneer with heavy ledge stones for accent created surfaces that change with the cycle of the sun. The result was an architectural statement that embraces its past and yet is now timeless.