Extreme Reno Turns Run Down 20s Bungalow Into Modern Stunner
Over in a tiny Los Angeles neighborhood called Hermon, local architectMartin Fenlon has just given a derelict 1920s bungalow a total facelift, beginning with a striking cedar-clad addition to the front of the original structure. While more eye-catching than the previously drab and super vanilla facade by far, the new addition still tries to play nice with the existing streetscape through clean lines and terraced steps that morph into a long bench along the sidewalk.
Fenlon renovated the 960-square-foot property for his own use, and as we’ve come to expect from architects’ personal homes, this one also comes brimming with rad maneuvers. Beyond the drastic facade transformation, Fenlon also replaced the original gabled porch roof with a large triangular skylight, showering the new open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with natural light. A large sliding window in the kitchen and skylight in a bathroom bring the outside in as well. Finally, since the old ceiling was ripped out to highlight the original wooden roof, the architect introduced lovely walnut and teak finishes throughout the home to match the warm, natural vibe. Check out more before-and-after shots below.