Living close to the beach and Abbot Kinney has it’s appeal. It certainly drew us to the neighborhood. As a Realtor, I’ve seen a lot of houses in Venice, some good and some not so good. Creating our very own Venice Beach Home was an exciting endeavor.
The house was built in 1959 with some mid century overtones. The black garage door & trim and red fence was not up-to-date and needed some love. We wanted a blend of a more California beach/Scandinavian vibe while respecting the original mid century architecture. Painting the home in a warm shade of white, adding cedar siding and the fence gave it a beachy/earthy overtone – chill and laid back, just like Venice!
The living room had an odd lay-out. It was a small living area with two hallways flanking a closet along with a full bath. So we decided to push back the bathroom wall to make it a powder room, which in turn made the living room space larger. The floors were dated, scratched and damaged. We added beautiful 100% custom natural wood floors through out. We went with a light white-wash to highlight the beach type atmosphere.
As you can see the fireplace with the large rocks was cool, but overwhelming and needed an update. We went for a more more streamlined fireplace and we also added a Carrara marble bench that mirrors the marble in the kitchen and bathrooms throughout to keep all cohesive. And that artwork on the wall is actually a television.
There is a store on Abbot Kinney that has industrial doors that I’ve always loved. I wanted to incorporate those into the house. So here we are, these lovely doors provide the perfect accent and fold back to provide for that indoor/outdoor California flow.
Everything in the kitchen was dated. So we gutted the entire kitchen and started fresh. We added a Wolf stove/oven and a Fisher & Paykel dual dishwasher and refrigerator. And custom wood cabinetry to compliment the wood floors. We designed a booth in the corner to make it an eat-in kitchen.
We took out the cold hard concrete stairs and replaced it with wood floors. Then customized the railing and removed the kitsch aspects and transformed it into a more timeless feature.
Overall, the bathrooms were very dated and unappealing. We went for consistency and used marble and the same wood as in the kitchen.
Since we added the master suite over the garage we were left with a blank canvas. We took advantage and added soaring ceilings, a balcony and an ensuite bathroom. The binds are all remote with black-out shades.
Everyone loves a tub so we went big with a deep soaking tub. Perfect for watching sunsets from the window. We added dual sinks and an extra large walk in rain shower with marble walls.
This was the most under utilized area! They used it for garbage only. We turned it into an area for entertaining complete with a custom large sectional, gas fire pit and hanging dual chair. What a drastic difference in these before and after pictures!
When I first saw the house, it wasn’t ideal, but it had “something”. With creative vision we were able to bring the house up-to-date and give it much needed love. We are very proud of this house and we enjoy having friends over to entertain.
My tip is that you need to look past what you initially see in a house and with some vision you can create your own dream home!
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