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Serene midcentury modern home remodel in Southern California

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Graham Architecture in collaboration with Hill Construction Company has designed this serene midcentury modern home located in the Woods Cove neighborhood of Laguna Beach, California. Built in 1961 and designed by famed Architect J. Herbert Brownell, this remodel honors the original structure while showcasing the homeowner’s passion for world travel, culture and artifacts. The darker palette is something a little less expected for Southern California, rich with texture and character.

Project Team: Architect: Graham Architecture | Builder/General Contractor: Hill Construction Company | Interior Design: Lucas Design Associates

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The design of this two-story dwelling was inspired by the owner’s visits to the Schindler House and the Eames House — both of which demonstrate how modest scale can be impactful. Several details were employed from the Schindler Frame, including floor-to-ceiling ribbon windows, a clerestory window, deep overhangs and a low horizontal profile with varying ceiling heights.

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Nestled on a half acre of property, this home is perched on the coastline and surrounded by lush greenery. The project team was tasked with transforming this home to embrace indoor-outdoor living, while also reflecting the owner’s passion for nature and the tranquil surroundings. Japanese-inspired details can be found throughout this home, creating a zen-like feel. One enters into the home through a shou sugi ban gate.

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What We Love: This serene midcentury modern home is full of rich, multi-layered textures that provide an idyllic backdrop for a beautiful collection of antiques. There is a strong connection to the outdoors throughout this home, courtesy of large windows and sliding glass doors. We are especially loving the Japanese vibe throughout this home, providing a sense of tranquility.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall transformation of this home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Graham Architecture: Tropical modernism in Laguna Beach with an Asian twist and Contemporary blufftop dwelling overlooking Newport Harbor.

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This home was furnished with mid-century and custom-made furnishings. You will find well-designed, high-quality pieces throughout, full of character yet made of simple, comfortable materials.

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Above: The dual-sided fireplace is composed of Cor-Ten steel.

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This home features a nature-inspired material palette that includes, stained oak flooring and cabinetry, burnished concrete block, custom back-painted glass, and shou sugi ban wood. 

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Above: This home office acts as a man cave, a space to unwind, recharge and enjoy the things the owner loves most, particularly music.

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Photos: Aaron Leitz

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David J Nagle
6 months ago

Wow. Talk about well done! The house has wonderful bones and the renovation is consistent with mid-century design, but is executed with a kind of richness and harmony that wasn’t as prevalent in actual mid-century executions. The subtlety and harmonization of the aesthetic throughout the entire property is so zen. Love the use of steel, what I’m assuming are new windows that add some additional articulation to the spaces, really upgrades the quality feel of the place.

N. Cernusak
6 months ago

Loved everything about this house starting with the asymmetry of the front entry and low profile of the house down to the master bedroom furniture and wall treatment. Very much enjoyed this tour!

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