When Sonny Ward renovated a 1919 bungalow in Hollywood recently, the architect was determined to give the traditional home a modern feel while keeping the exterior consistent with the historic neighborhood.
The dilemma: The home’s floor plan was composed of a series of small, dark rooms, laid out in a way that left the homeowner feeling confined.
"We were given the challenge to create a new structure that was both new and fulfilled the contemporary needs of the client," said Ward, principal of June Street Architecture, "all while remaining sensitive to the neighborhood."
Despite some awkward additions during the 1970s, the house retained some original bungalow features such as a gable roof and wood siding exterior. Inside, the floor plan was similar to many other homes on the street, with a formal dining room separated by a living room with traditional brick fireplace.
To open up the floor plan and create one great room, Ward removed interior walls. He also opened an enclosed sunporch to bring in light and enlarge the living room. A formerly inaccessible attic became a livable space with the addition of a contemporary double-height staircase connecting the first and second floor.
"The client is very casual and would never use a formal dining room,” said Ward. “So we created a new dining space inside the kitchen and enlarged the living room.”
Ward worked with interior designer Kay Kollar, who added color and texture throughout the house.
Ward said that in updating the home, it was important to make it "relevant to the modern owner, so its functionality could be guaranteed for another century." For this installment of Virtual Tour, we asked him to talk through photos of this Hollywood house where the past and present collided.
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