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Townhouse retreat on the California coastline gets inviting renovation

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Graham Baba Architects is responsible for the interior renovation of this fabulous townhouse retreat, located in picturesque Pebble Beach, a community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. This getaway home was updated for a couple who split their time between California, Washington, France, and Canada.

The owners bought the house over twenty years ago but had done little to the residence since acquiring it. Outdated and poorly organized, the decision was to undertake a wholesale remodel, taking the house down to the studs and reworking how spaces are organized.

Project Team: Interior Architecture: Graham Baba Architects | Interior Design: Holly McKinley Interior Design

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Community association requirements meant the exterior character needed to be preserved, although a small interior courtyard was revised to better connect the interior with exterior space.

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Previously a warren of isolated rooms, the design opens the floor plan of the house to create better flow between spaces and to facilitate entertaining. Before the renovation, the kitchen was disconnected from the living spaces.

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Now, the kitchen—along with the adjacent living room—has become the focal point of the house, affording expansive views out to Spanish Bay Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

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A signature element in the reworking of the house is a wall of kitchen casework that spans 50 feet and unites the house as it flows from adjacent to the entry, through the kitchen, and into the living room.

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Changes in materiality reinforce the transition from more to less formality as it travels through the house.

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A cast glass wall above the sink in the kitchen brings light into the center of the house, an otherwise darker space that wasn’t able to have windows because of the townhome’s shared party wall. 

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What We Love: This beautiful townhouse retreat offers a warm and inviting renovation throughout the interior living spaces. The project team did a fabulous job of selecting finishes and materials to create an atmosphere that is ideal for vacation getaways in stylish luxury. We are especially loving the master suite with its large windows framing breathtaking views of the idyllic Pacific coast.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall details of this renovation project? Would this be your idea of the ultimate vacation home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at another home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Graham Baba Architects: Seaside home with rustic elements on Lopez Island.

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The natural materials and neutral tones contribute to a relaxed, tranquil aesthetic—informal, albeit sophisticated. Bronze and metal details accent the otherwise serene spaces that are furnished with a combination of custom-designed pieces and antiques that the family had collected over the years.

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The master suite features a fireplace with a custom patinaed nickel and bronze mantel; the master bath is wrapped in marble. The owners’ collection of antiques was an important design consideration, including a Chinese screen that was incorporated into the casework in the living room. An elevator was inserted into the newly revised stair/entry area to address long term viability.

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Photos:  Aaron Leitz

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