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Family History

Untouched since it was built in 1956, this family home was completely modernized and given an open floor plan—and a second life.

Location
Seal Beach
Year built
1956

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The Seal Beach home, brought back to life.

ABOVE: The Seal Beach home, brought back to life.

In the 1970s, a draftswoman and project manager from Washington, DC—who built and remodeled oceanographic research vessels—moved west with her three children, eventually setting down roots in Seal Beach, California. In 1971 she purchased a modest home in the beachside community, where she raised her children. In her later years, she required live-in care. Her children, now living miles away, alternated weekly visits until a grandson moved in and took over the caretaking.

When their mother passed away, the surviving children were faced with a decision of what to do with the house that had served the family well and still held strong memories. They decided to keep the house in the family trust. And who should receive this family jewel? The grandson, of course.

But a sixy-four-year old home without any changes or modifications, needed updating. As a generous gift to the grandson, the siblings remodeled the family home for him. What a way to say thanks.

The dark living space was opened up and given new windows and hardwood floors.

The kitchen was completely remodeled with light countertops and wood cabinets to draw in the light. It also gained a sight-line through the house.

Exterior of house
Exterior of backyard


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Fine Home Building with October 5

Each month in OCTOBER 5 STORIES, we publish an illuminating article on one of the many facets of designing and building a fine home. Choose from the articles below.



The Importance of Balance and Symmetry

The Importance of Balance and Symmetry ›

The proper use of balance and symmetry turns ordinary projects into extraordinary homes. Learn what steps all fine home builders should take to reduce the unbearable noise generated by imperfection.

Subtraction In Action

Subtraction In Action ›

Learn more about the practical, real-world improvements the process of subtraction can lend to your remodel or fine home construction. We’ll look at lighting, textures, and much more.

Cutting Through The Clutter

Cutting Through The Clutter ›

Incorporating subtractive thinking into the design process enables fine home builders to create a home imbued with a sense of calm and purpose from the start.

The Home Building Revolution

The Home Building Revolution ›

There’s a healthier process for designing, budgeting, and building your dream home. It’s called Design-Build and it’s revolutionizing how fine home construction and remodels achieve success.