Program: The architect renovated a small 1920s bungalow for his young family by overhauling the interiors and nestling a small addition within the front of the house.
Location: Los Angeles’ residential Hermon district
Solution: The home’s new frontispiece, which settles into the old facade, terraces down to the sidewalk to form a long bench. The architect removed the original porch gable to create triangular opening for a skylight and increased interior volumes by exposing the existing wood roof structure, previously obscured by low ceilings. Living, dining, and kitchen spaces were further maximized by reducing the number of interior walls. A large window over the wood-clad kitchen counter brings the outside in, while concealed IKEA cabinetry and other built-ins throughout the home provide economical but hidden storage.
Construction and materials: Because of the non-conforming setbacks, only a very small addition to the front of the house was possible. Its clear cedar cladding contrasts with the torched cedar siding that wraps around the rest of the structure. Inside, walnut and teak finishes—similar in tone to the existing wood—blur the distinction between old and new.
Martin Fenlon Architecture
5526 Monterey Road
Los Angeles, CA 90042
T: (323) 739-9440
Photographer: Zach Lipp
Special interior finishes unique to this project: Teak Veneer over flat slab doors & Ikea cabinetry