A 1940s Colonial home gets a beautifully inspiring remodel in Los Angeles


JWT Associates is responsible for the stunning remodel/ addition of a 1940’s Colonial home located in Los Angeles, Southern California. The existing home had a beautiful front elevation, but the interior was a series of dark, choppy spaces with small windows. The owners purchased this dwelling for the large, private backyard and pool, and wanted easy access to the exterior from any room.

Telescoping french doors were added in each major space, as well as a new outdoor pergola for shade. the new addition houses the dining room, kitchen, guest bedroom, pool bath, and a new second-story studio. The front of this dwelling was revived with Colonial charm courtesy of a new front door and black shutters.


What We Love: This Colonial home offers a refreshing new update, from the exterior facade to the backyard and interior living spaces. New telescoping doors help to provide a fabulous indoor-outdoor connection while giving this home’s inhabitants sweeping views of the backyard and pool. Living spaces have new wood flooring for warmth, while refined details throughout helps to create an inviting atmosphere.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the overall results of this renovation project? Are there any details you would like to have seen done differently? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at another fabulous home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, JWT Associates: A renovated farmhouse in Los Angeles with gorgeous curb appeal.



Above: This newly revamped kitchen features soaring 12′-0″ high ceilings with painted boarding. The exquisite backsplash tile is glazed brick. On the island, the butcher block was discovered in a Michigan antique store. On the floors, beautiful hand-scraped hickory.



Above: New telescoping French doors provide the kitchen with an indoor-outdoor connection while offering serene backyard views.


Above: A new bar area was added to the kitchen. A doorway leads to the guest bedroom and bath.


Above: This new dining room features vaulted ceilings with painted wood boarding and wood battens. On the floor is beautiful hand-scraped hickory.


Above: Telescoping French doors were added to the stunning home office for easy indoor-outdoor access.


French pocket doors open this new covered patio to the pool bathroom for easy back and forth. A colorful staircase leads up to a new loft office space.



A brand new two-story extension was added to this Colonial home. On the ground floor are the new dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and guest bedroom. The second floor features a bright loft space that is used as an office. The painted wood pergola is also brand new.


Above: A tray ceiling with painted wood battens was added to the master bedroom. New telescoping doors provide easy access to the backyard pool.


Above: This newly renovated master bathroom features a double vanity with a marble top and custom light boxes between Robern medicine cabinets.


Above: The master suite closet features custom stained wood millwork, spacious enough to double as a yoga studio.


Above: Custom-designed wallpaper on the staircase risers, leading up to the new loft office space.


Above: A second-level addition features a home office/loft space. The structural ceiling beams are exposed and painted. The room is lined with custom-designed bookshelves that have uplighting concealed behind the crown.


Above: In the loft space, arched windows provide sweeping views over the backyard pool. The daybed features deep storage drawers below, as well as supply ducts for the AC.


Above: In the guest bathroom, the new vanity has custom millwork and beadboard inset panels. The tile is marble.


Above: The bathroom was redesigned to include a separate shower and tub. A porthole window was installed in the shower to bring in natural light. 


Above: An inviting built-in daybed was created in the new guest bedroom, which frames a view of the backyard pool. 


PHOTOGRAPHER Lee Manning Photography



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