They ordered architecture books, pored over design magazines and snapped photos of kitchens they liked, slowly piecing together bits of inspiration for their custom-built house.
Three years of painstaking planning later, the Georgian Colonial estate was complete.
"It didn't happen overnight," said co-owner Jamie Brown. "It's so much work. But you get exactly what you envisioned."
Brown, a public relations specialist, and her husband Matthew, an attorney, bought the Altadena property in 1999, tore down the existing house and began building the custom home in 2005. They crafted a warm, open space while keeping an eye on symmetry, a Georgian Colonial...