ShubinDonaldson was charged with renovating this 1949 Modernist house designed by the Los Angeles architect, Kenneth Lind. The original house was a long box elevated on steel columns and beams with one end set into the hillside with a garden underneath. The long south-facing side of the house was glazed floor to ceiling, opening up each room to the side yard and pool. The goals of the renovation were to add square footage to the house and to update its finishes.
The ground floor was in filled with a kitchen, bathroom, and dining area, and the carport was transformed into the living room. This allowed the second floor to be dedicated to the master suite, bedrooms, and an informal lounge. In order to make a subtle connection between the interior and exterior of the house, many of the rooms were painted with colors derived from the surrounding Eucalyptus trees. The client describes the resulting renovation as a “connected house. It is intimate… you know where everyone is, and every room spills out to the exterior, either physically or visually.”