PERIOD DESIGN CHARACTER, MODERN CONVENIENCE

 

It is possible to have the look and feel of period structures, but have modern appliances and amenities.  Character can be both functional and practical, without sacrificing style.

 

 
 1932 kitchen restored and updated to preserve the period feel without sacrificing functionality.

1932 kitchen restored and updated to preserve the period feel without sacrificing functionality.

Kitchen Restoration

Echo Park Spanish Apartment

A rare bird, this original 1932 kitchen has survived all these years.  The tile was in poor shape in certain areas, but good shape in others.  I carefully removed and re-fabricated reproduction tile to match the original and restored the original sink, floor and cabinets.

 1927 bathroom re-created to replace a dated 60's remodel.  Modern features, 1920's looks. 

1927 bathroom re-created to replace a dated 60's remodel.  Modern features, 1920's looks. 

Bath Re-creation

1927 Pasadena Spanishcolonial 

There was nothing left of the original bathroom in this home.  I researched and re-created this bathroom based on 'forensic design'.  Searching through the layers of the house and neighboring houses, I was able to find clues of the original tile and color scheme.

 
 1932 kitchen re-created with reproduction tile, salvaged cabinets, floors and hardware.

1932 kitchen re-created with reproduction tile, salvaged cabinets, floors and hardware.

Kitchen Restoration

Echo Park Spanish apartment

Using one of the original kitchens remaining in the building, I re-created this kitchen with a similar feel and color scheme.  I saved original cabinets and fabricated new tile and cabinets to replace the ones lost over time.  Though the tile glazes have changed over time, there is a timeless feel to this kitchen. Fresh paint and some new hardware helped old meet new.

 1927 bathroom re-created with period materials and reproduction tile and fixtures.  

1927 bathroom re-created with period materials and reproduction tile and fixtures.  

Bath Re-creation

Pasadena Spanish colonial

This bathroom had no longer functional plumbing and an altered layout making it un-useable.  Removing a door, fabricating custom tile and adding modern conveniences made this traditional four fixture bathroom feel like a 1920's bathroom, without losing functionality.  It is entirely possible to merge old and new seamlessly and elegantly.