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Dow Residence Finishes Show Character

Our last update on this cottage home was when framing took place.  During framing, there’s much excitement but also some nervousness from the homeowner’s perspective.  It must be the difficulty in trying to visualize the finished space when you’re looking at stud wall and concrete footings.  But not these homeowners.  They were relaxed and always in a positive mindset, seemingly enjoying the design and construction process.   And their positive outlook has paid off in a big way as you can see in the following photos showing the latest stages of construction.

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The choices they made for finishes and colors or even furniture pieces that are being converted to vanities are making their home a one of a kind special place.

Clients typically ask during the design process whether they should renovate in consideration for resale value or do what they want to do.  We recommend that you  highly customize the design to cater to your needs and goals.  It’s best not to worry about pleasing the future prospective buyer and you will be able to find a buyer with similar taste with yours.

The happy homeowners took this advice to heart and renovated this home by infusing both their personalities in every space and detail.


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Dow Residence Construction Update (Redondo Beach)

This charming cottage in Redondo Beach consists of a great room addition and remodel of the entire house. The original house was constructed efficiently utilizing one window size for the entire house. The addition and remodel attempts to carry on the simple construction methodology favored in post war construction and is mindful that the client spent her childhood in this house. Window openings were maintained on the street facade while the facade facing the backyard has larger openings to maximize use of daylighting.

Design elements were looked at carefully to enhance flow and emphasize Southern California lifestyle that connects the indoor spaces to the outside. The kitchen is now open to the living room and the new Great Room and has an eat-in counter. The laundry room is off of the main living spaces but enclosed and staged off from the garage. A new master suite has a spacious walk-in closet, a “hotel style” separate powder room off the vanity area, and a large luxurious shower room. Both the master bedroom and the Great room have direct access to the backyard.

Here are some photos taken earlier this week as we enter the plumbing and electrical installation stage in construction.





Renderings of Dow Residence.

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Dow Residence Begins Construction

Very soon, we start construction on this charming house in Redondo Beach.  Most of the work occurs in the back part of the house facing the rear yard so when you drive by you may even miss the house under construction.  The fencing and sandbags around the property will tell you which one it is.

After construction, the owners will be enjoying a new open kitchen with lots of natural light, a new master bathroom suite with custom vanities and sink, a new great room, and many more improvements.  For construction updates, go to our facebook page at

View of Kitchen from Great Room



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Redondo Beach Residence: Transformation by Reusing Structure and Maximizing Space

We have been working with a couple who owns a single story residence in Redondo Beach who want to update their home.  Their plans include an addition for a new great room that flows into an open remodeled kitchen with an island that seats four.  One of the standard bedrooms will be transformed into a new master bedroom suite with a luxurious master bathroom that has a luxurious shower, separate double vanity, and a separate powder room–Narita Architects’ signature style borrowed from Japanese style bathrooms where the tub, vanity, and water closet are all separated.

By maximizing use of existing space and structure, all of the above can be done in less than 1800sf.  The house still has all the bells and whistles of a modern day house–dedicated laundry with direct access to garage and the exterior trash yard; open living room, dining room, kitchen with a separate walk-in pantry, and a new great room with lots of windows and a fireplace that leads directly to the backyard, and a spacious master bedroom suite with a walk-in closet, and more.

Here is a sneak peek at the street elevation options we have been studying.

Dow Residence Elevation A

The following is another elevation option showing a more modern approach with vertical siding and an urban color scheme.


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