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Simplifying and opening up a Brentwood ranch house

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Architect David Montalba of Montalba Architects in Santa Monica walks through the home of Betsy Everitt and Christopher Schilling in Brentwood, a ranch house that he redesigned as a clean, modern indoor-outdoor retreat.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Lush greenery outside is seen from the dining area.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Architect David Montalba raised the roof and installed clerestory windows and opaque skylights to bathe rooms in a luminous glow.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Wall-mounted walnut cabinets appear to float above whitewashed oak floors.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Paint, marble, glass tile and Caesarstone were selected in shades of white and beige for their light-reflective, space-expanding quality.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Taking down walls and partitions and opening rooms to the outdoors brought a sense of spaciousness to the 1,800-square-foot home.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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“This remodel was all about editing,” says architect David Montalba.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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The architect turned separate living, family, kitchen and dining areas into one open, free-flowing space that focused on adding more natural light.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Windows open up a corner of the kitchen.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Landscape designer Judy Kameon of L.A.'s Elysian Landscapes cleared overgrown palms and evergreens from the back slope and planted drought-tolerant Mediterranean and subtropical plants under purple acacias.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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The hillside serves as a colorful backdrop for garden terraces that extend from the house.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Clerestory windows bathe rooms in a luminous glow.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Architect David Montalba moved the front door to a more central location and freshened up the ranch-style facade while preserving the home’s small footprint.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Landscape designer Judy Kameon designed an extra-long sofa and a fire pit for an outdoor seating area.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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