Mod Craftsman Bungalow

West Hollywood, CA

When a television writer and producer purchased this 1915 bungalow in the heart of Hollywood, it was a Craftsman-era time capsule. Handcrafted built-ins and wainscoting still lined the tiny downstairs rooms’ walls, while early 20th-century appliances and fixtures languished in the kitchen and baths. It was an unlivable museum to its new inhabitants, who loved its historic charms but also desired a modern open plan.

On the first floor, we carefully restored the original millwork and built-ins, including a handsome breakfront that houses the avid entertainers’ serving ware. We also opened up the kitchen and connected it to a new breakfast area and rear porch, allowing the owners ample space to host guests.

We made the most noticeable changes upstairs by converting an enclosed bedroom into a living room, redesigning the master suite, and creating a light-filled stair hall and adjacent powder room in place of two dark and narrow halls. We used earthy materials like painted paneling, plaster, brick, ribbed glass and handmade ceramic tiles in our new work to honor the original design intent. Interior design firm Nickey Kehoe added thoughtful Mid-Century Modern touches that helped us transform this house from relic to relevant.

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