The name Malibu invokes images of beautiful beaches plenty of sunshine high-end oceanfront property and of course the endless line of Celebs that seem to constantly move in and out of the famous coastal strip.
The was in urgent need of a smart and contemporary extension that not only added to its living space but also altered the ambiance of the interior and gave it a cheerful urban appeal. Designed by Preston Lane Architects the fascinating rear addition achieves precisely this as it visually flows into the backyard.
On the top level of the addition is the master bedroom along with a sitting zone that overlooks the backyard. Instead of using an ultra-simple and more mundane cubic form the slight twist in the fresh structure gives it a distinct personality that draws you in.
The remodeled interior showcases a wonderful alchemy of the past and present as much of the original design by Paul Kirk is preserved and highlighted even as the latest additions make a bold visual impact. The large collection of windows that opens up the kitchen living and dining areas towards the sparkling city skyline is still kept intact to give the interior an airy appeal.
Transforming a traditional row house that dates back to 1880 into a contemporary home that serves the needs of a modern family is a task that requires a careful balance of form and function The space available is indeed limited creating another dimension to the design conundrum and it does take a hint of creativity along with an understanding of the building’s past to get the best result.