Hermosa Beach Renovation. Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation

A brief look at my first attempt playing Design Architect with my wife. This was a 2-month renovation . . .

Ikea kitchen with walnut fronts by Semihandmade. All appliances by Bosch. A new fireplace face extending to the ceiling is planned.

Ikea kitchen with walnut fronts by Semihandmade. All appliances by Bosch. A new fireplace face extending to the ceiling is planned.

Skylights were added to illuminate the dining areas and bring light down to the entry. Tolomeo Mega Wall lamp and Melete sconces from Artemide. A breakfast nook with Saarinen oval dining table is planned . . .

Skylights were added to illuminate the dining areas and bring light down to the entry. Tolomeo Mega Wall lamp and Melete sconces from Artemide. A breakfast nook with Saarinen oval dining table is planned . . .

Bath: Wall-hung toilet by Duravit, shower hardware from Hansgrohe, custom encaustic cement tile from cementtileshop.com. The shower control module is positioned on the near wall to allow dry operation. A skylight (off-camera) aligns with the window and brings light into the shower and across the room throughout the day.

Bath: Wall-hung toilet by Duravit, shower hardware from Hansgrohe, custom encaustic cement tile from cementtileshop.com. The shower control module is positioned on the near wall to allow dry operation. A skylight (off-camera) aligns with the window and brings light into the shower and across the room throughout the day.

A superfluous staircase post was removed and ceilings were raised to 10 ft. to create a more spacious and comfortable entry.

A superfluous staircase post was removed and ceilings were raised to 10 ft. to create a more spacious and comfortable entry.

Bath with lateral drain, Duravit toilet, Hansgrohe shower. Ceiling ductwork was rerouted into a soffit above the sink and vanity allowing ceiling height to be raised to 10 ft.

Bath with lateral drain, Duravit toilet, Hansgrohe shower. Ceiling ductwork was rerouted into a soffit above the sink and vanity allowing ceiling height to be raised to 10 ft.

Before and After: Looking into Living Room from Kitchen

Before and After: Looking into Living Room from Kitchen

Before and After: Looking into Kitchen from Landing

Before and After: Looking into Kitchen from Landing

Before and After: Bathroom

Before and After: Bathroom

Before and After: Entry

Before and After: Entry

Before and After: Entry

Before and After: Entry

Before and After: Bathroom

Before and After: Bathroom