I Could Live Here: Post and Beam by Kenneth LindAuthor:Erin Feher
This is my dream house for a few reasons. One being that there are so many completely horrible yet fixable design decisions that have been made. But a baffling collection of rice paper lanterns (in the living room!?!), a pool table, a purple big-screen TV and some of the most stylistically inappropriate furniture I have ever seen is not enough to hide the fact that this is an architectural gem that is begging for a thoughtful makeover.
This masterpiece was built in 1969 by Kenneth Lind (a somewhat obscure midwestern architect who relocated to Los Angeles and built a handful of pretty fabulous places in the ’50s and ’60s) and sits on three acres at the end of Rustic Canyon Road in LA. Unlike many of its midcentury contemporaries, this house eschews efficiency and compactness in favor of rambling expanses of wood and glass – 10,000 square feet to be exact, comprised of 10 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
And while I love the possibilities that so many rooms offer up (an annual writers retreat? A retro B&B?), I think some of the choices are a bit strange, such as what looks like three full-sized refrigerators, two ovens and two dishwashers in the kitchen. But the kitchen as a whole would have to go anyway, seeing that someone thought a generic-yet-contemporary all-white scheme fit into this post and beam period piece.
The floors are original wood, but the color seems off, so I would refinish them all with a dramatically lighter stain with not as much orange.
The carpeting in the bedrooms is a little unwanted slice of the ’90s, so I might replace it with a more contemporary ’60s-inspired shag. Carpet is still mighty comfy, especially in the bedroom. Considering I now have ten of them, why not go a little nuts?
And let’s just assume all of the bizarre staging furniture will be cleared out prior to move in. But can we still take a second to marvel at how weird it is?
But, as I said, none of this really hides the fact that this house is a stunner, and all of that floor-to-ceiling (and in some cases ceiling-spanning) glass sliced up by gorgeous wood framing is what makes this house truly magical. That and the grounds—your own footbridge anyone? Or how about that pool, outdoor dining area and fire pit?
The $13 million seems well worth it, and I would take this house over a similarly priced midcentury mansion by Jones & Emmons that is also on the market has already been revamped by architect Michael La Fetra. Sure, it’s been made nice and shiny, but I’d rather bring my midcentury baby up myself.