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Raising the roof in Westwood: A failed remodel gets a much-needed rescue

Gilbert Gallery
Victoria Gilbert wanted to transform her 1930s Westwood house — a series of cramped, claustrophobic rooms — into a space with a more contemporary look and flow. For help, she turned to Apurva Pande and Chinmaya Misra of the Los Angeles design firm CHA:COL.

One of their biggest suggestions: Peel back the low ceilings and maximize the volume of several rooms. Now, the living room is defined by A-shaped trusses built from vertical-grain Douglas fir. Powder-coated bolts and sheer plates connect the 2-by-10-inch chords and 2-by-4-inch struts.

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(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Victoria Gilbert wanted to transform her cramped, claustrophobic rooms into a home with a more contemporary look and flow. For help, she turned to Apurva Pande and Chinmaya Misra of the Los Angeles design firm Chacol. Their strategy: Peel back the low ceiling.


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