A repeat client is always the best client. Six years after completing a phase one full alteration of an existing 1906 masonry home in Santa Monica, which opened the home with an added bedroom suite and detached garage, Hsu McCullough, was rehired by the homeowners to complete an extensive phase two addition.
More room was needed to accommodate a growing family and lifestyle with more shared, blended family areas, which isn’t often an option in south Santa Monica space-challenged beachside neighborhoods. The homeowners also wanted as much outdoor recreational square footage as possible. Hsu McCullough’s novel solution scaled up and over the phase one footprint, making full use of the space between existing structures with a contemporary form that looks to span between the garage and phase one remodel. The dark plaster exterior and painted brick of the phase one remodel creates a wedge for the smooth white plaster of phase two infill spaces to rest on top of.
Phase two added two stories of living space including a distinguishing sky-frame outlining a spectacular view to the south over an outdoor family deck and a second story master suite with yoga/meditation deck. At the ground floor, a den, dining room with exterior access, kitchen and feature staircase infilled the space between the garage and main brick house to connect the traditional and modern styles.
A pleasing hybrid of modern and traditional styles occur in the interiors with the extensive use of wood and filtered natural light to bind areas of the past with the present supported by a timeless material palette of Carrara stone, Oak cabinets, Oak butcher block island, handmade textured white subway tiles and white Oak floors.
The new kitchen features an illuminating Oak-lined lightwell capped with a skylight carving through the second floor and is centered on the island with an emerging cluster of custom clay pendants from Heather Levine Ceramics. Cle tile wraps the vertical surfaces of the backsplash, the range’s vent hood shroud and is complimented with stainless-steel appliances and Carrara White marble counters.