Normally, homes built in the 1930s offer cherished architectural features that are to be preserved. But when ALLPRACE, a design/landscaping/build company based in LA, came across this dilapidated home constructed in 1939 there was nothing to be salvaged. The 750 square foot structure lacked proper flooring, a kitchen, and any kind of architectural charm. In a word, it was a “teardown”. However, Shanty Wijaya of ALLPRACE saw potential.
The home’s lot was a whopping 7000 square feet allowing them to construct a much more spacious house. “The only thing we kept was the slab foundation of the original house,” Shanty explained. “We wanted to create the feeling of an estate compound by extending the house from a 750 square feet 2 bedroom/1 bathroom space to a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom home with 2,163 square feet of living space.” Blending the indoors and the outdoors each master bedroom was given its own outdoor porch garden accessed through new French doors. Adding a sense of privacy was another concern she addressed: “We created a private sanctuary by surrounding the house with lush landscaping and tall hedging plants. We also placed the entry door far back from the pedestrian and driveway gate for extra privacy.”
As for the style of the home, the ALLPRACE team decided on a Scandinavian Modern concept. “We combined the charm of a farmhouse with the modern minimalism of Scandinavian design, and a dose of hygge in good measure,” Shanty said. They decided on 14-foot cathedral ceilings for throughout the home that gave it a sense of grandness. “We designed a large fireplace with custom concrete tile with a wood-grain motif, as well as custom built-in windows benches to create a warm and cozy feeling,” she shared.
Following the Nordic minimalist design concept, they designed a clean-lined kitchen with super thin black leather finished granite countertops with a matching black under-mount sink. A Bertazzoni PRO range, built-in range hood, and built-in Gaggenau Fridge were installed to offer future homeowners a high-end cooking experience. “We selected three white pendants above kitchen island by lighting designer Brendan Raven Hill with wood texture on the inside that blended with the color of the kitchen cabinets creating an uncluttered and monochromatic feeling while accentuating the greenery of the landscaping seen from the extra-large kitchen window,” she explained. “Hence, fulfilling the goal to bring nature in and creating a warm hygge lifestyle.”
The result is a soothing and spacious multi-generational home that blends Scandinavian design with a Californian lifestyle. “As part of our landscaping, we also added a picnic area nestled under the big tree, along with an outdoor wood-burning pizza oven,” she said. “After six months of construction, we achieved an estate that serves as the ultimate private entertaining paradise.”