We installed several ModOp Design wallpapers at our Silver Lake house, and we’re very happy with how it came out in the master bedroom. We offer this print, designed by Alexandra, in 3 color ways. As well as several other designs, on our ModOp Shop page.
The Silver Lake house is coming together! Starting in the kitchen, the cabinets we designed feature cornered floating shelves and a downdraft range, no vent hood necessary. Caesarstone counters were installed in Frosty Carrina, a white marble color with beautiful veins running through it. You get the look & feel of marble feel without the tragic staining or cracking.
For the backsplash we used Heron Blue from Heath Ceramics, the same color we used in the master bathroom. We went with a linear layout rather than the traditional subway pattern to give it a cleaner, mid-century feel. Check out those Newport Brass beauties we splurged on for the sink faucets!
Our bright new master bathroom with a freestanding tub sits in front of large windows. The new windows let in a ton of light and the existing bamboo is the perfect backdrop to the tub.
Once the Walnut floors were installed, we had our flooring wiz build a custom stairwell railing with floor to ceiling wood slats inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest:
For the upstairs balcony, we decided on a wood grain Italian porcelain tile that creates a seamless look from inside to outside.
Next up, custom ModOp wallpaper! Originally the designs were hand painted batiks Alexandra created for upholstery fabric and wallpaper, which were re-colored and re-sized for 3 spaces of house. Below are the patterns in the design stage.
Installation day was exciting. Our installer is a 2nd generation pro and very quick. All 3 walls done in one day!
Here’s a sneak peak at the powder room –
The dining room –
And the master bedroom –
For lighting, we kept to a globe theme, using mostly traditional mid-century white pendant globes as well as a few fun variations for the kitchen island, dining room and bedrooms. Here’s a sampling of the fixtures we decided on.
For the exterior door color we chose a bright burnt orange. The door frame needs to be painted black to mimic the window frames. Not installed yet are the address numbers. We’re going with Heath Ceramics Eames house numbers in the Tangerine color to continue the orange theme.
We still have major work to accomplish on the exteriors including lots of concrete, drainage and landscaping but hopefully the next post will be the finished product!
Design*Sponge featured our Bronson Canyon client’s renovation! Check out the Before & Afters here:
We’re nearing completion on our Silver Lake project! Our planning stage was long and drawn out, but once we started construction, fortunatly things moved very quickly! We’re a few months away from being finished.
Here’s the sloped roofline taking shape on the front side.
Below, preparations underway to install the windows.
We chose to use Milgard Aluminum windows in the Anodized Bronze finish.
Next waterproofing happens to prepare for the exterior siding!
We chose to use ‘ship lap’ siding, which means overlapping horizontal planks are cut to size and carefully put in place. We used smooth HardiePlank Lap siding, a weatherproof and very long lasting product.
Here’s the backside of the house, siding installation in progress.
On the interior, once the electrical, plumbing, AC/heat vents and insullatoin were installed, the drywall went up.
As you can see, once the drywall is installed, things starts to look complete! We love seeing the drywall go up…the house suddenly takes shape!
Next we focus on materials….everything needs to be ordered ahead of time, coordinated and delivered so that when the installers are ready they have everything on hand. For shower tile, we chose Heath Ceramics, their Modern Basics collection, each shower in a different color.
Below is the Heron Blue in the master bathroom, paired with a grey porcelain floor tile, and white hexagons for the shower floor. We’re planning on an off-white shade of Caesarstone or polished marble for the countertops.
Heath Ceramics wall tiles are very laborious to install. Since they are handmade, each peice varies in size, color and shape and they take extra care to install so that they look right. Although at the same time, the variation and imperfection is what makes the tiles look so beautiful.
Next up, we decided on exterior paint color. It was between a grey (too cold), an olive green (too similar to what we’ve done in the past) and a dark blue (modern and bold). Partially inspired by the siding we used on our Nichols Canyon renovation a year ago, we wanted the house to take on a modern ranch look rather than a cottage look.
The facade is still mostly covered by a fence but here’s a sneak peak at how it’s looking now.
Next up, cabinetry will get installed! Then light fixtures, countertops, bathroom and sink fixtures, tubs, sinks toilets, mirrors and all the fun little details…..stay posted!
After over a year of hard work to get this tricky hillside property designed and permitted, we’re well into our ambitious Silver Lake renovation and super excited about the progress! The original 1939 home was cramped and failed to capture the stellar views. Because of our tight budget, the challenge was to add-on as much as possible and open everything up, all while tying into the original foundation and framing. The only thing we liked about the original design was the Ranch style front exterior. We played off that to design a Mod Ranch facade inspired by Cliff May, including a pitched roof and triangular fixed windows.
Molds for the new foundation pour on the backside addition.
The downstairs master bedroom wall going up.
Greg checks out the new framing, while picturing how the upstairs will look.
The downstairs addition protruding off the original structure, looking out towards the reservoir.
The upstairs addition, before the roof trusses were installed.
The kitchen and living room framing going up.
The roof trusses getting installed.
And the facade coming together!
We’re looking forward to sharing more of the progress with you!
At ModOp Design, when one of our own home renovation projects is finished, staging the home is the final step in completing a project. We believe the furnishings, artwork and accessories warm up an otherwise empty space and brings the house to life. It helps prospective buyers picture themselves living there, and can create an emotional attraction to a listing rather than showing it off as a sterile shell.
What sets our staging apart is a unique collection of vintage furniture and accessories which are carefully edited and chosen based on the style and feel of each home. Below are a few of our staging projects (more…)
We enjoy renovating all styles of Los Angeles residential architecture, although midcentury is what we’re most inspired by personally. We’re passionate about mid-entury modern influences and have a soft spot for the Mad Man era. But it wasn’t until our last project in Mt. Washington that we renovated a true midcentury house, built in 1964. While very excited by the bones of the house, we were challenged by maintaining the architecture on a tight budget.
We knew we wanted to highlight the post and beam ceilings in the living/dining/kitchen area, which meant we needed to find a way to introduce lighting, route the air conditioning ducts and insulate the roof. A quick-fix drop ceiling was out of the question.
We had initially planned to stain the beamed ceilings, but the bids came in so high to sandblast the original pea green stain off and re-stain in proper colors. So we resorted to painting the ceilings white, which turned out to be perfect for the space. It brightened and lightened the whole space quite a lot. We added simple small track lights in white, found a way to route the AC ducts through the entry hall and down the stairwell and added insulation to the roof.
With new double paned windows, walnut floors and budget friendly Ikea cabinetry, the space is updated for the 21st century!