Complete and total, ripped down to the studs, renovation of beachfront condo in Marina Del Ray. In addition to reconfiguring the main floor by relocating the kitchen, we opened up the space by removing walls to create an open concept living space.  Throughout the home, we repalced all of the doors and selected new finishes and flooring to lighten and brighten the interior.  Each of the bedrooms and baths were also renovated, including the double-height loft bedroom with breathtaking ocean views.  We were able to take the design from late 1980s to high-style, modern design that’s casual enough for coastal living, but makes for a sophisticated beach pad.

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Video showcase of the finished project.

Light, Bright, and Open

The entire space was ‘lightened’ by softening the hard lines and edges, bringing down the interior walls, and changing the two-story stone front fireplace into a more modern one with simple fireplace surround, drift wood-like mantle, and smooth finished white chimney stack extending up the vaulted ceilings.  The focus of the space became the ocean view, not the dated, and dark interior. 

The kitchen had been tucked away behind a wall of wood bookcases, which both closed off the space and made it difficult for modern entertaining. By moving the kitchen forward in the floorplan, we opened up the kitchen to have direct sight lines from the dining room through the kitchen and out through the living room to the sand and the ocean. 

When you live at the beach, you want to maximize the ocean views from every room.  The ocean is the backdrop for the design of this condo. With ever changing skies and ocean and weather, you don’t want the interior to compete or clash with it, you want it to complement. To ensure the spaces flow seamlessly, a palette of natural wood tones, blues, whites, and tans was chosen. The colors of the finishes–the black stone on the fireplace, the blue and white cement tiles on the kitchen backsplash, and the blue of the tiles in the master bath are all slightly muted, but add a bit of richness to the design without being monotonous.  The driftwood like wood on the fireplace mantle also clads the kitchen island adding texturing and delineating the spaces.  A squared coffered ceiling in the kitchen also helps to define the space.

Why Design-Build?

When undertaking a massive renovation, the advantage of selecting a Design-Build Architectural Firm like Kurt Krueger Architects is that we have the expertise to inspect the property prior to the project starting and to determine a better, more accurate budget for the re-build. By examining the structure and the existing systems, we start out with a foundation of possibilities rooted in reality. We know what load can be handled and how to make necessary support structures a part of the original design plan, rather than an after thought which often doesn’t complement the design.


Creating Privacy

When you live in a condo, there are likely common walls or views to the outdoors that may also look out to your neighbors. We created privacy by putting a frosted film onto windows and doors and skylights to create privacy. This solution, rather than heavy privacy drapes, lets the light in and makes the space feel open and airy. The film comes in many patterns from solid opaque to a striped, variegated pattern. It is a great alternative to permanent etched glass because if you ever want to change the design you do not need to change out the entire window. It is also a less costly option when you are dealing with the type of specialty glass often required for the coastline.


Before and After

Comparing the kitchen before and after with the wall removed that formerly isolated the kitchen from the rest of the living space.  Comparing the main before renovation and after. The layout of the space remained the same, but all of the fixtures and finishes were replaced.


Kitchen Transformation

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