Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A professional couple in the television and technology industries
Location: Los Angeles
Size: 3,026 square feet (281 square meters); 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
“My clients bought the home for the large, private backyard and pool, and wanted easy access to the exterior from any room,” Troyer says. The existing home had a beautiful elevation, but the interior was a series of dark, choppy spaces.
Troyer and his clients worked on this house in two phases over nearly 10 years. Phase one was completed in 2006 and focused on the living room and master bedroom. Phase two, completed last year, involved adding a second-story loft studio; putting in a new indoor pool/guest bath, guest bedroom, kitchen and dining room; and connecting the interior of the home to the exterior space. Troyer also rebuilt a rotted, vine-choked pergola in the backyard to provide shade.
The two renovations took one year each, and each time the homeowners bravely weathered the construction and lived in the house.
Floors: hand-scraped hickory
Paint: Nimbus Gray (upper cabinets); Lead Gray (lower cabinets), both by Benjamin Moore
Backsplash tile: Grove Brickworks, Waterworks
Shelf walls paint: Santa’s Suit, Benjamin Moore
Troyer says the initial estimate to paint the stair risers was really high — likely requiring a boatload of blue painter’s tape and even more patience. Then they got a bright idea: The homeowner who is a graphic designer and an artist designed a template that Troyer then made into a vinyl wall covering.
It was durable and much more economical. “I love when the final product has the personal stamp of everyone involved,” Troyer says.
Woodwork paint: White Dove, Benjamin Moore
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