On a tree-lined street surrounded by quaint California bungalows sits this charming Venice beach house, whose modest exterior belies the architectural gem beyond. Classic 1920?s craftsmanship is evident, with wood doors and windows, built-in cabinets, crystal doorknobs and hardwood floors throughout. Recent renovations are thoughtfully compatible with the original design, including new hexagonal tile and period light fixtures consistent with the era. French doors lead to an outdoor deck and a large grass yard replete with a small orchard of fruit-baring trees ? apple, lemon, fig, peach, tangerine ? and plenty of room left over for child?s play. Remarkably, the designers have transformed the old garage into a voluminous library/office/screening room, winner of an American Institute of Architects Citation Award and featured in Dwell magazine. This modern studio employs an ingenious system of sliding panels to adjust the amount of light streaming through well-placed windows and skylights. It?s art you can live in!
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