I helped Adrian purchase his 1935 Spanish in Leimert Park in 2014. Since then, he’s masterfully restored the home to it’s former glory
THE BEFORE / FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Adrian’s Words - “The first impression I had of this house couldn’t have been worse, with the initial news that the previous owner had died in the home (from natural causes/old age). It was lacking any curb appeal with mint green paint, no landscaping, chain link fencing and bars on all the windows. Once inside it wasn’t much better, with dark drapes drawn and a décor that looked to have been last updated in the 1970s. Everything about it was just sad.”
Adrian removed the bars from the living room window, re-painted and landscaped the exterior while keeping the original iron details and wooden front door.
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“As I walked through the house, little by little the details started to emerge and I could see it was special, unique and different from anything I had seen before. The house’s original 1935 elements were mostly intact, from the plaster “cake frosting” moldings, stained-glass skylight, and its original wood casement windows.”
Adrian re-finished the original hardwood floors and went with a dark stain. The original fireplace tiles, light fixtures and wooden windows were kept and restored. The interior was also repainted to highlight the detailed deco plasterwork throughout the home.
“Only the kitchen and bathroom had experienced changes, a 1970s-era makeover that could be easily reversed and fixed.”
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“In the kitchen I had new white cabinet fronts made to replicate the style and look of originals that had been replaced in the 1970s. New drawers were made to match as well. Most of my new light fixtures came from Rejuvenation in Culver City. To save money I bought more affordable fixtures online and just switched out the globes with those from Rejuvenation.”
“The kitchen has a tile nook calling out for a period stove so I found an early 1950s Wedgewood, 40" double oven, six burner, gas stove (from another house being sold in the neighborhood).”
“I installed black sheet linoleum flooring in the kitchen, breakfast room and utility area. It would have originally had this type of flooring and is period-correct for a 1930s era house. When tearing up layers of flooring we came across the original linoleum though it was in in pretty poor condition. It did have an inlay and contrasting piece of linoleum at the door thresholds so I repeated this with the new flooring. I purchased my flooring from Linoleum City, in business since 1948 on historic Route 66 at 5606 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.”
“The green slag glass fixture in the dining room belonged to my grandparents and travels with me from house to house, as it did with my mother previously.”
As the restoration began, Adrian uncovered and restored the original tile flooring.
“I landscaped the entire front and rear yards with a mixture of drought-tolerant and California native plants. The backyard was previously entirely concrete with an original incinerator and chain-link fencing.”
“Nearly five years and many home improvement projects later, the decision to buy this house was spot on. I love this house and neighborhood. While it didn’t initially “speak” to me, it does now and has become a warm, loving and happy home.”
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