Taking cues from local architecture and the buildings cherished past the was designed by Walker Warner Architects to create a bridge between two different eras. The exterior of the house and its overall silhouette mimic the form of a classic residence that is all too common in this part of California.
Along with the glass roof a series of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a revitalized floor plan completely changed the aura of this Welsh family home. Using smart structural analysis unnecessary old load bearing walls and pillars were done away with to create a more open free-flowing interior.
A custom wooden kitchen island with gas range and dining space next to it becomes the ‘social zone’ of the interior while a wrought-iron hood above adds even more textural contrast. It is the top level that holds the kids’ sleeping area with a wall of bunk beds master bedroom bathrooms and a long reading desk that stretches along the length of the hallway.
The new cheerful interior of this aged house reflects the specific aesthetic and lifestyle choices of its owners – Brooklyn-based writer Gayle Forman and her musician-librarian husband.