Remarkable RevivalAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Home Front Build ushers a historic Spanish Colonial Revival home into the future while honoring the past
“When working in a historic vernacular structure full of period character, we strive to enhance the space without overwhelming it,” says Greg Roth, senior designer at Home Front Build. “Designs in traditional homes don’t have to be period or dated; they can be fresh, even contemporary, if the statement is synergistic with the existing style of the home.” Known and widely respected for their work in restoring historic properties throughout Southern California, the design/build firm was enlisted to elevate the interiors inside a 3,800-square-foot Spanish Colonial Revival home perched on a hill overlooking much of L.A.
Originally built in the 1920s, the clients wanted a home where they could enjoy life after building successful careers. “Our clients came to us through another client who was happy with the addition and remodel we had recently completed of their Spanish Colonial home,” says Roth. “They are an accomplished couple with an eye towards easing away from professional responsibilities, they were looking at ways to comfortably age in place, entertain friends and family, and stay closely connected to their work lives.”
The main challenge the team faced was creating accessibility to the steep entrance that sits 22′ above the main entry gate and driveway. “The design problem was that one of the owners has joint issues, so the steps up, even without lugging groceries or other loads, presented an insurmountable problem,” he says. “But how do you put an elevator on the front of a house and yet make it look original? To do this we rebuilt the existing garage upwards, in a ‘wedding cake’ tier, each story going up, but also smaller in size. The cupola at the top is really the top floor of the elevator.”
The second challenge was integrating the couples’ collected objects into the new design. “Our clients had a collection of family heirlooms and pieces they had picked up during extensive travels, and these became the touchpoint of the remodel,” says Roth. “Our challenge was to incorporate these disparate elements into a synthesized whole, while lending freshness, ease and comfort to the home.”
The team effortlessly delivered on the clients’ dream to have a home where they could comfortably unwind, entertain and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views. “They were extremely pleased that we were able to provide them not only a house that functions the way they want and need it to, but that also sets them up for ease and comfort as they age; and to top it off, a new home that is filled with furnishings they know and love, refreshed and rejuvenated,” Roth remarks.