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Basement Guest House Remodel


Lynch-Baranoff Residence
2015 | La Mesa, CA

The objective in this detached basement (no interior access from the main floor) was to upgrade the existing kitchenette, bath, and laundry to make it more presentable and livable for guests or visiting family members. We expanded the main entry door to the patio from a single door to a double French door, opening up the basement to the patio outdoor entertainment area. This made the functioning kitchenette in the basement fairly critical. With the homes main kitchen an entire floor above without a means of direct access, this kitchenette is the kitchen area most used when using the patio to entertain guests. Having it fully operational and readily available to the patio area greatly reduces the need to go up and down a long flight of stairs to the primary kitchen in the residence.

Condo on the Beach Makeover: Master Suite


Rodriguez Residence
2016 | Pacific Beach

Most of our work on the upper floor was directed towards making the master bedroom suite more usable. We closed off a large window and installed two smaller ones that allowed us to move the bed along that outside wall. There is no view from this window, only the apartment building next door. Since beach area is notoriously noisy, with lots of short-term renters and late night parties, sound insulating the wall and closing it off with smaller ultra quiet windows was high on our client’s wish list to help them sleep better at night. It also changed the orientation of the king size bed to better fit the room shape and allowed us to place an entertainment system opposite the bed, which covers and hides a curved wall created by the spiral staircase.