Restoration of a California Bungalow

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It’s been a while since my last post… time to remedy that!

For the last few months I was working on a house restoration and re-design project. It was basically a flip in North East Los Angeles. I wanted to share some of the the before photos and what I did design and staging wise.

The house was built in 1910 and is located in Montecito Heights (a section of Los Angeles). It is 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with a small back studio and a basement. It boasts a large lot and is on a hill in a canyon with beautiful views.

Here are a couple before pictures of the property and house:

Shot from the street of property before restoration

Shot from the street of property before restoration

Shot of the exterior front of the property

Shot of the exterior front of the property

Shot of the back studio on the property

Shot of the back studio on the property

Front yard of the property

Front yard of the property

Before starting on the renovations, I drew a 3D rendering of the house with the design elements I desired. These changed a little along the way due to budget and whatnot.

I put numerous elements that I am very fond of (rustic, reclaimed wood with a mix of clean and modern).

While designing, I had to keep in mind that the next owner of this house would like to put their personal touches on it as well so I couldn’t personalize it too much. I also wanted to incorporate elements in the design that would attract the type of buyers I was going for.

Many of the renovation elements of the house were recycled or reclaimed. I wanted to make sure I re-used as much building material that I could to reduce waste and add character. Some of the reclaimed and recycled items included the front door, the back door, the railing systems around the house (lumber from the early 1900s) and wood paneling in the loft.

As I designed each space, I made sure that I was completely happy with the space and could live there myself. I also staged the house myself with a few handpicked items from great vendors.

Here are some of the completed project photos:

Shot of the front exterior after renovation and restoration

Shot of the front exterior after renovation and restoration

Front shot after renovation

Front shot after renovation

In the above photo, reclaimed wood was used for the front porch skirt and the railing on the deck. The front door was picked up from a salvage yard and restored for the house. Compost mulch and succulents were used for the garden and front yard (drought friendly).

Entryway pipe chandelier by Steampunk Design Shop.

Interior of California bungalow

Interior of California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

Interior of the California bungalow

The concept was to turn the house into a very open space so it feels bigger than it is.

The railing for the loft is made out of old framing lumber (dates back to the early 1900s).

The air conditioning units are energy efficient units that are able to cool one room at a time or all rooms if needed. This means you don’t have to have central A/C blasting when you only need it in the bedroom or living room. The system is also a heat pump for the winter (rarely needed in Southern California of course).

Reclaimed wood coffee table by my shop Local Timber.

Faux moose head by White Faux Taxidermy.

Chairs, side table, wire planter, frames and pictures by Shop Summer Camp.

Remodeled restroom

Remodeled restroom

Reclaimed wood breakfast bar

Reclaimed wood breakfast bar

The breakfast bar was made out of salvaged wood. Breakfast bar was installed by Local Timber.

Loft above the bedrooms and restroom

Loft above the bedrooms and restroom

View of inside the loft

View of inside the loft

Wood paneling for the loft is salvaged wood slats. Railing is reclaimed framing lumber.

Shot of the kitchen

Shot of the kitchen

Backdoor is salvaged.

Shot of the kitchen (it was almost done at this point)

Shot of the kitchen (it was almost done at this point)

Back studio exterior

Back studio exterior – almost completed

This project is one that I am very proud of and I hope it inspires others when designing.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of the completed house!

If you have any questions or would like to contact me, feel free to email me at designrevolver@gmail.com

Vertical Succulent Kits

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I have added a couple items to the shop that make it easy for anyone to plant a vertical succulent garden. Living art is quite popular and stunning when you see it. It take a plan wall and transforms it into something beautiful. Vertical succulent gardens are also great for smaller spaces.

Here are a couple new kits I have made so you can plant your own. They come with the planter and mesh installed, soil, moss and succulents. Instructions on how to plant and care for them are included.

This kit comes with a 6" x 6" planter and is only $35 in my shop.

This kit comes with a 6″ x 6″ planter and is only $35 in our shop.

This kit is 11.5" x 11.5" and comes with everything needed to plant. This kit has a frame around it like a piece of art.

This kit is 11.5″ x 11.5″ and comes with everything needed to plant. This kit has a frame around it just like a piece of art framed on the wall.

Please visit out shop at www.local-timber.com to order.

Thanks for reading!

 

Vertical Succulent Living Wall

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I made and designed succulent arches for a client recently that hand vertically. I was commissioned to make two of them and they would hang in the exterior entryway of their home. Each vertical garden is approximately 7′ tall and almost 2′ wide.

During this process I discovered that certain succulents can take longer than 6 weeks to root. For a piece this large, the rooting time is more like 8 weeks to 12 weeks. That means the piece needs to lay on it’s back planted for longer than 8 weeks and then it can be tested and hung vertically.

One of them finally rooted and is now hanging. Here are a few photos of it… It ended up being beautiful!

Succulent Living Wall (1) Succulent Living Wall (2) Succulent Living Wall (3) Succulent Living Wall (4)I love creating these pieces. The end product is always stunning.

Thanks for reading!

Handcrafted Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

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I just completed a handcrafted reclaimed hickory and redwood coffee table! The wood came from a torn down deck in Los Angeles, California.

As you can see the table ended up being gorgeous and is now for sale in my shop:

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table (14) Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table (1) Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table (10) Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table (11) Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table (16)

You can purchase this table or a custom version of it at www.etsy.com/shop/designrevolver or www.local-timber.com

Spring Etsy Sale!

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We are currently offering a Spring discount of 15% on all items in our Etsy shop now through April 15th 2014. This applies to ALL items!

Visit our shop at: www.etsy.com/shop/DesignRevolver

Use the coupon code – SPRING2014 at checkout for 15% off all items.

We have some new items in the shop as well as these beautiful reclaimed wood vertical succulent planters:

6" x 6" Vertical Succulent Planters - $35.00 Each

6″ x 6″ Reclaimed Wood Vertical Succulent Planters – $35.00 Each

Thanks for reading and have a great Spring!

 

Reclaimed Wood Bench

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Newest items out of the shop!

Below are a couple variations of reclaimed wood modern benches. You can see the difference in the types of reclaimed wood:

Reclaimed Wood Bench Sealed with Polyurethane

Reclaimed Wood Bench Sealed with Polyurethane

Reclaimed wood Bench Lightly Stained and Sealed

Reclaimed Wood Bench Lightly Stained and Sealed

High quality affordable products like these are available for order on www.local-timber.com

 

Reclaimed Oak Hairpin Leg Table

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I haven’t posted in a long while! I figured I should change that and start updating what the shop is doing and adding design posts once again!

Here is the newest reclaimed wood creation from my shop (Local Timber):

Reclaimed Oak Table with Hairpin legs

Reclaimed Oak Table with Hairpin legs

Corner shot of table

Corner shot of table

Underside of table

Underside of table

reclaimed oak table

This table is perfect for a smaller dining area and it fits 4-6 people.

Check out the table on www.local-timber.com

Thanks for reading!

 

Steampunk Lighting!

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The shop is expanding and changing!

I have a couple new things for sale created by a buddy of mine, Matt Allen. I am quite fond of these two lamps he created. They are all made of recycled metal and one of them contains jet parts!

 

Made of misc metal and jet parts!

Made of misc metal and jet parts!

Magnetic lamp shade

Magnetic lamp shade

Awesome lighting pattern

Awesome lighting pattern

Gypsy Steampunk lamp

Gypsy Steampunk lamp

Gear base and great lamp shade

Gear base and great lamp shade

We have more coming out soon! Check out the shop on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/designrevolver

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Edition Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

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I just completed a couple limited edition coffee tables.

The wood from the one pictured below came from a tear down of a tea house in the Hollywood Hills. This table is for sale in my etsy shop.

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Coffee Table 1 Coffee Table 2

Stay tuned for more items from my shop! :)

New Reclaimed Wood Items

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It’s been a while since I have posted… but I have some new news! I have been working on a large and exciting project. Once I make a bit more headway, I will showcase it.

In the meantime, I have a few new products that I pumped out of my reclaimed wood shop and I would like to share them.

First, I had a customer order three custom made reclaimed wood framed succulent art boxes. Each vertical box is 18″ x 18″ and the customer is going to hang them all side by side to look as if they were one piece. I really enjoyed making these frames and I think they came out really nice.

Succulent Wall Art 4

Each one is 18″x18″ and hangs vertically

Single 16"x16" vertical succulent planter

Single 18″x18″ vertical succulent planter

Succulent Wall Art 3

Next item is another reclaimed wood modern bench. This was made via my etsy shop similar to the first one I made a few months ago. Here is a shot of it:

Modern reclaimed wood bench finished with semi-transparent stain

Modern reclaimed wood bench finished with semi-transparent stain

The next item recently created is a reclaimed wood vertical succulent wall with beautiful frame:

16"x16" reclaimed wood vertical framed succulent wall art

16″x16″ reclaimed wood vertical framed succulent wall art

More items, lines and changes will be coming out of the reclaimed wood shop soon. Exciting times ahead!

Meanwhile, check out my etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/designrevolver

Best, David

 

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