This may look like a beautifully restored room, but that’s not really the case. This was added on to the original 1925 structure, which remains at the rear of the house and was a mere 468 square feet. And while this is technically a new addition, it’s built with plenty of reclaimed materials, which fit in seamlessly with the original materials that remain.
Reclaimed and re-imagined are two underlying tenets to their work. If you ever have a chance to chat with Re-Inhabit owner Rudy Dvorak, he’ll tell you ‘I’m a Junker’. Every feature of this home has a story to it. For instance, much of the wood used in the addition came from West LA Music when its doors closed last year.
As always, kudos also goes to designer John Douglas, who dreams up beautiful and clever ways to re-use materials in his work. This is evident from the moment you step on the front porch, where a bank teller’s alarm has been re-imagined as a doorbell to be rung by foot. No doubt UPS guys whose arms are filled with packages will appreciate this little touch.
I guarantee you won’t find kitchen cabinets that look like these at your local Home Depot. In fact, you won’t find cabinets like these anywhere. These have been painted by established graffiti artist, Fuse.
The urban vibe of the cabinets works beautifully against the character of this flawless vintage oven and the white concrete countertops that wrap around the kitchen.
Including the new addition at the front of the house, the total living space has been increased to 1,028 square feet. But when factoring in a beautiful wood patio, which extends the dining room (thanks to a large overhead retracting door), and the warmly designed garage / studio in the back yard, the overall usable space is actually much more than that.
Naturally, the home also features modern updates where it matters, including a new foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical, sewer, central heat/AC and a tankless water heater.
You can tell that these guys love what they do because there is always an element of fun in their work.
Yeah, that's an original Murphy bed.
So, why do I call this a farm house? Because it comes with an edible landscape for its front yard. Check out the beautiful planter boxes, which are all pre-planted with winter vegetables including lettuce, beets, onions, strawberries, basil, oregano, and cabbage. If you wanted to become a square-foot gardener, this home gives you a head start.
The home’s original front door hangs among several reclaimed windows, lending a sense of history and intimacy to this backyard patio.
Last but not least, if you like the furnishings in the home, you can buy them. (I love the dining room table and end tables in the living room.) Or you can commission Arthur King of LA Salvage (http://lasalvageco.com) to build something specific to your needs. Arthur is an artist first and its obvious that his work matters to him.