Upper Garden Street - Builder of the Year Award



The house was originally designed in the 1950's by Thorton Ladd who was also the architect of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.  It had suffered a few mediocre remodels in the 70’s and 80’s, and when we got on the job, it had been added on to for a 3 car garage, a storage room, a new downstairs bedroom, new kitchen, new back deck and stairs, and otherwise completely gutted with roof, doors, windows, and all exterior and interior finishes stripped off, back to the framing.  The house got all completely new finishes. Electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems are all new.  The extensive built-in cabinets are all teak. There is approx 40' of 9' tall teak wall paneling, with veneers architecturally sequenced and matched.  The unbelievably sexy Italian cabinetry in the kitchen was furnished by the owner and installed by us. All interior doors as well as the entry door are 3’ x 8’, solid core teak veneered, hung on custom solid bronze pivot hinges. The existing jade green marble terrazzo floors were saved, brought back, and continued in the new portions of the house.  The 50 - 4x6, rectangular tube steel columns that extend 2 stories on the exterior of the house are a very precise architectural detail with some being structural.  All windows and sliding glass exterior doors in the house were replaced and reconfigured with new custom made powder coated steel frame windows.  The sauna was gutted and rebuilt completely.  Behind a new black aluminum roll up door is the pool house cabinetry in teak.  The curving full round mahogany hand rail at the entry stairs was saved, extended and reinstalled after the curving plaster stem walls were extended to conform to code.  At the head of the stairs is a floating teak and glass bookcase designed by a phenomenal designer, and engineered & executed by a master craftsman (me).  The architect, and designer had very specific ideas about maintaining the modernistic style, with crisp, sharp planes. The effect is totally achieved.  There is a feeling while standing virtually anywhere on the upper floor that the house disappears and that what is left are the awesome pieces of art, furniture, teak features, and most of all the exotic, well established specimen landscaping seems to come inside

Remodeling and Home Design