Midyear Project Updates

2022 has been an exciting and productive year so far at TBA. We kicked off Schematic Design on new projects and are wrapping up the detailing on a few. City approvals are coming in on other projects and we are beginning construction administration… and everything in between! Yet no matter what the phase, we are always integrating traditionally inspired design with modern conveniences, making each home a unique fit for our homeowners’ lifestyles.

As summer comes to a close, our Project Managers share updates from a handful of in-progress projects. Follow along to see how these diverse residences take shape across Southern California and beyond.

Renovation: Spanish Colonial Revival

The scope of work for Project Manager Jim Coyle’s Spanish Colonial Revival home renovation in Brentwood, Los Angeles includes a reimagination of the primary bath – with enhancements inside and out. In addition to reconfiguring the shower, Jim and team integrated a niche tub inside while also improving the view of the home from the year yard: a new central gable roof and balanced massing now creates a more symmetrical façade.

Her Bath Interior Elevation Spanish Colonial Revival
Interior elevation of the reimagined “her” bath, including the new niche tub.
Rear Facade Rendering Spanish Colonial Revival
The primary suite on the second floor includes a new bath tub window to the left of the gable. Rear façade rendering commissioned by Laurie Lewis Design.

Renovation & Addition: Historic California Ranch

Senior Project Manager Ari Engelman has two exciting whole-home renovations in the works. A late 1940s ranch home, currently under construction with Osinoff General Contractors, includes a large addition. He shares photos from a mid-August site visit:

Site Visit Exterior Historic California Ranch
“While waiting for windows – a common supply chain issue in today’s construction industry – work continues. Piles of dirt are stockpiled to fill trenches being dug for utilities and drainage pipes.”
Site Visit Insulation Historic California Ranch
“Inside, mechanical systems have been installed and insulation is underway. The spray foam under the roof increases energy efficiency; it will also include fiberglass batt insulation directly below – the “flash and batt” method,” explains Ari.

New Build: Modern Farmhouse

For a new transitional style California homestead in Pacific Palisades, Jim and Ari worked together to share exterior color and material concepts at a recent Homeowner’s Association meeting. “After presenting compilations for the main house and guest house, we successfully received approval by the board. They even complimented the design as being sensitive to the site and neighborhood.” This sense of place defines our work: we study the site, the sun path, microclimates and neighborhood context at the beginning of each project so that even new homes feel like old friends.

Materials Board Guest House Trasitional California Homestead
This materials board for the guest house, presented at the HOA meeting, shows the selected stone, wood siding and metal roofing.

Renovation & Addition: Modern Farmhouse

Project Manager’s Sergio Schwark’s ground-up modern farmhouse residence in Brentwood, Los Angeles is about to break ground. “Throughout the design process, we share several renderings with the homeowners to help them envision their new home. These 3-D views were created to show how the exterior materials, including color and texture, work together,” he says.

3D Rendering Front Modern Farmhouse
3-D rendering (front) of the new Modern Farmhouse.
3D Rendering Rear Modern Farmhouse
3-D rendering (rear) of the new Modern Farmhouse.

Renovation & Addition: Cape Cod in California Cottage

Project Manager Katie Peterson-Hesketh is wrapping up the Design Development (DD) phase and will soon move into Construction Documents (CDs) for a renovation and two-story addition to a Cheviot Hills home. Her team created this 2-D elevation in AutoCAD and Photoshop to illustrate a proposed color scheme.

Front Elevation Cape Cod California Cottage

New Build: Accessory Structure

Katie also designed a ground-up accessory structure that will include living quarters and a pool house in Pacific Palisades. A first-floor recreation room adjacent to the pool will lead to additional hang-out space below at the basement level. Katie captured construction progress during a recent site visit with Ingenuity Builders. Images, left to right: View from porch looking at existing main house; exterior; basement before first floor framing.

Renovation & Restoration: Historic Residence

Senior Project Manager Kelly Becker is completing Construction Documents (CDs) for a healthy home renovation to century-old residence in Pasadena. “Every material that goes into this project is carefully considered to avoid toxins, block EMFs and withstand the elements,” explains Kelly. “We’re working diligently to correct the waterproofing failures, and devising ways to mediate water intrusion and mold through passive and active techniques. In addition, the majority of the home is hardwired. As a result, we are finding creative ways to deal with cords when connecting electronics. And most importantly, we are preserving the home’s authentic details to be enjoyed in a healthy, modern way.”

Staircase Historic Home
Historic details abound in this home, such as the original staircase.

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