From Margaret Everton on May 27, 2010 in San Diego
Home design, much like fashion, is a spot-on indication of the times. This La Mesa home near San Diego received much praise in the 1960s for the way it seamlessly combined the outdoors with indoors. After a 2007 remodel by local architect Carmen Pauli, the home now stands as a representation of societys move toward eco-friendly materials and reduced environmental impact. Take a look at the 1960s style of the original home: Now for the 21st-century version of the same room: A new wood floor and lighter paint colors brighten the room, but overall the style is kept amazingly similar. Paulis remodel a few years back incorporated eco-friendly materials like Brazilian teak floors and ipe wood decking. The views may have changed drastically, but both the old and new properties rely heavily on that indoor-outdoor connection. The open floor plan, supported by the original steel-post-and-beam construction, was embellished in the remodel. The kitchen, for instance, lost the overhead cabinetry in order to allow for an unobstructed view and more spacious feel. All appliances were replaced with newer energy-star rated models. While the times have changed, the original intention for the home has not: create a design that supports the spectacular views of the property. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living spaces achieve exactly that. Im looking forward to the next remodel 50 years from now. Who knows what theyll come up with by then?