The Knowles Residence

Additions and Remodels


Remodel a home originally designed by famed architect Wallace Neff. The home should be brought up to modern standards while retaining the character of the original design. Address the kitchen’s inefficient and awkward layout, which is divided in half by a wall and a peninsula. Relocate the entrance to the guest room so it is not accessed via the kitchen. Relocate and redesign the service bathroom, and remodel the laundry room, including installing a drip-dry floor sink. Remodel the upstairs master bath, including the addition of a separate toilet room and freestanding tub; remodel the secondary bathroom. Work with the owner to select all finishes as there is no interior designer on the project.

Knowles staircase

The Knowles Home 


The wall and peninsula dividing the kitchen were removed, and a mahogany-stained island with a marble top was installed in the center, opening up the room. Custom, furniture-quality, flush inset cabinets were designed, and Rocky Mountain traditional hardware was selected. Caesarstone countertops were installed, while marble tile in a running bond layout was used for the backsplash. The spaces were reconfigured so that the mudroom served as the access point to the kitchen, service bath, guest room, and laundry room.

The master bathroom was gutted, and the cabinets were removed at the dormer wall and reconfigured to have his and her vanities. A free-standing tub was centered on the dormer, and a toilet room was built adjacent to the exterior wall so it could have a window; an enclosed, glass two-person shower was designed with a skylight above. The shower walls in the secondary bathroom were removed and replaced with glass, opening up the bathroom to the tub. A new cabinet was created, and the walls were outfitted with custom-designed tile wainscot. Having worked closely with the client in selecting the finish materials, RLB later incorporated those selections into the drawings.

Project Notes

Knowles Residence
South Pasadena, CA
4,297 square feet

Before-and-After Photos

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View Our Other Remodel Projects:

The Bright Home
The Brubaker Home
The Cooper Home
The Ellowitt Home
The Knowles Home
The Rottman Home
The San Remo Home
The Zetcher Home

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RLB Architecture is a high-end architecture and design firm that provides custom design, planning, drafting, and construction administration services for projects in the Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu, Santa Monica, and other Westside communities. Richard L. Blumenberg is the proprietor.


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