We here at Homeiq are modernists, but we’re not the Daniel Libeskind or Frank Gehry-style modernists. We’re more Lake/Flato, Messana O’Rorke, or Feldman Architecture. In other words, we like warm modernism.
Still, we do like a traditional home that’s done well—one that isn’t too stuffy, busy, and loaded with gew gaws and decoration. The Brentwood Estate by Venice, Calif.-based Lewin Wertheimer Architecture is a great example. This home was one of the original Brentwood estates built back in the 1920’s or 1930’s, the architect says, but it wasn’t built particularly well. It did have good bones and historic value though.
Lewin gutted the structure and added square footage to the family room and a few other areas. The architect completely reconfigured the floor plan and added new doors, windows, roof, bathrooms, kitchens, cabinetry and other interior finishes. He also added the pool and completely reconfigured and added to the original carriage house, converting it into the new pool house.
See how traditional architecture should be done.