Addison Schierbeek Architects modeled the new layout around the homeowner’s favorite element of the property, a Chinese flame tree.

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Santa Monica’s quaint Sunset Park neighborhood was originally built to support Douglas Aircraft Company workers but today it has grown from a once-modest area to one of the best places to live in West Los Angeles. An array of original homes and new-build two stories, typical of the gentrifying area and real estate demand, dot its streets while the highly-rated school district and charming 20th century architecture continue to draw buyers. 

The front facade got a simple update with stucco and timber. 

Michele Thomas Photograpy 

It’s no secret that buying in the area will cost you. One couple, who had been living in a 1939 bungalow, chose to do an extensive remodel instead of move. 

"They really liked the neighborhood and wanted to stay there," says architect Susan Addison. "They had entertained the option of looking around but as an investment and lifestyle choice, it didn’t make sense." 

The now cozy entryway features a mismatch of the couple's collection.

Michele Thomas Photograpy

For approximately 15 years, the couple had lived in a home Addison and her partner, Jefferson Schierbeek, deemed as not their own as they adapted to a less than optimal situation. The homeowners, both writers, had an extensive art collection and wanted a home that felt authentic to who they are and how they live. 

The homeowners are known for collecting spirits as well. Fun fact: They sold a few of the bottles to afford their dream dining room fixture. 

Michele Thomas Photography 

See the full story on Dwell.com: Budget Breakdown: This Sunny 1939 Santa Monica Bungalow Shines After a $765K Remodel
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