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It’s been a while since my last post… time to remedy that!

For the last few months I was working on a house restoration and re-design project. It was basically a flip in North East Los Angeles. I wanted to share some of the the before photos and what I did design and staging wise.

The house was built in 1910 and is located in Montecito Heights (a section of Los Angeles). It is 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with a small back studio and a basement. It boasts a large lot and is on a hill in a canyon with beautiful views.

Here are a couple before pictures of the property and house:

Shot from the street of property before restoration

Shot from the street of property before restoration

Shot of the exterior front of the property

Shot of the exterior front of the property

Shot of the back studio on the property

Shot of the back studio on the property

Front yard of the property

Front yard of the property

Before starting on the renovations, I drew a 3D rendering of the house with the design elements I desired. These changed a little along the way due to budget and whatnot.

I put numerous elements that I am very fond of (rustic, reclaimed wood with a mix of clean and modern).

While designing, I had to keep in mind that the next owner of this house would like to put their personal touches on it as well so I couldn’t personalize it too much. I also wanted to incorporate elements in the design that would attract the type of buyers I was going for.

Many of the renovation elements of the house were recycled or reclaimed. I wanted to make sure I re-used as much building material that I could to reduce waste and add character. Some of the reclaimed and recycled items included the front door, the back door, the railing systems around the house (lumber from the early 1900s) and wood paneling in the loft.

As I designed each space, I made sure that I was completely happy with the space and could live there myself. I also staged the house myself with a few handpicked items from great vendors.

Here are some of the completed project photos:

Shot of the front exterior after renovation and restoration

Shot of the front exterior after renovation and restoration

Front shot after renovation

Front shot after renovation

In the above photo, reclaimed wood was used for the front porch skirt and the railing on the deck. The front door was picked up from a salvage yard and restored for the house. Compost mulch and succulents were used for the garden and front yard (drought friendly).

Entryway pipe chandelier by Steampunk Design Shop.

Interior of California bungalow

Interior of California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

The concept was to turn the house into a very open space so it feels bigger than it is.

The railing for the loft is made out of old framing lumber (dates back to the early 1900s).

The air conditioning units are energy efficient units that are able to cool one room at a time or all rooms if needed. This means you don’t have to have central A/C blasting when you only need it in the bedroom or living room. The system is also a heat pump for the winter (rarely needed in Southern California of course).

Reclaimed wood coffee table by my shop Local Timber.

Faux moose head by White Faux Taxidermy.

Chairs, side table, wire planter, frames and pictures by Shop Summer Camp.

Remodeled restroom

Remodeled restroom

Reclaimed wood breakfast bar

Reclaimed wood breakfast bar

The breakfast bar was made out of salvaged wood. Breakfast bar was installed by Local Timber.

Loft above the bedrooms and restroom

Loft above the bedrooms and restroom

View of inside the loft

View of inside the loft

Wood paneling for the loft is salvaged wood slats. Railing is reclaimed framing lumber.

Shot of the kitchen

Shot of the kitchen

Backdoor is salvaged.

Shot of the kitchen (it was almost done at this point)

Shot of the kitchen (it was almost done at this point)

Back studio exterior

Back studio exterior – almost completed

This project is one that I am very proud of and I hope it inspires others when designing.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of the completed house!

If you have any questions or would like to contact me, feel free to email me at designrevolver@gmail.com

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