For this Echo Park remodel, Elissa Scrafano of Scrafano Architects (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) worked with a pair of environmental activists in LA to create a light-filled oasis with an indoor/outdoor feel. Scrafano opened up the interior spaces of the existing midcentury post-and-beam house to bring in more natural light and focused on sustainable materials and energy efficiency, taking the house in the right direction for the long haul. The clients even bought up a couple of adjoining unbuildable lots to create a vegetable, fruit, and herb garden. To see more of the firm's work, go to Scrafano Architects.
Photography by Michael Moran
Above: Sited on the top of a hill in Echo Park, the house benefits from panoramic views across the city.
Above: The simple post-and-beam construction is visible throughout the house.
Above: The deck, constructed out of sustainably harvested wood, acts as an extension of the living room.
Above: Scrafano designed the simple plywood-lined kitchen in keeping with the spirit of the original house.
Above: Bamboo flooring is used throughout the second floor.
Above: The addition of a large window in the dining room helps obviate the need for artificial lighting.
Above: A wall of metal-framed windows brings the view into the bedroom.