The Leap Residence

Smaller Homes


Preserve the interior character of the rustic two-bedroom home built in 1926 while improving the home’s exterior. The whole house remodel should address the cramped living area and kitchen. Add a powder room, incorporating an antique stained-glass window into the design. Expand the master bedroom, creating a sitting area; expand the master bath, and provide more closet storage. Remodel the second bedroom, including the bathroom and closets. Construct a large wine cellar for the client’s wine collection. 


The home’s exterior plaster was replaced with stone veneer, mission tile with rafter tails were added to the roof, and stained-wood French doors were installed. Interior walls were removed to open up the kitchen to the living area, and a large island to separate the areas was added. Base cabinets with doors were installed to conceal the washer and dryer. A powder room wing with an arched, antique stained-glass window was added to the home, and a balcony was constructed between the powder room and kitchen wings.

The master bedroom was expanded, and a sitting area was created; a see-through fireplace that served both the master bedroom and bathroom was built, and more closet space was provided. The master bath was remodeled and expanded to include a large shower with a seat, a tub facing the fireplace, double sinks, and a skylight above. A wine cellar was created by excavating an area below the raised entry stairs.

Project Notes

Leap Residence
Santa Monica Canyon (Los Angeles), CA
1,463 square feet

View Our Other Smaller Home Projects:

The Hawthorne Home
The Leap Home
The Schenkel Home
The Williams Home

“Whether you are considering a major remodel or a simple room addition, Richard Blumenberg is the right choice. We give this endorsement not only from personal experience, but also from other clients of Richard’s we interviewed before making our final decision. He is competent, creative and honest. We were so satisfied with our relationship with Richard that we would not hesitate to use him again if the need arises. — Mark and Jorja Leap


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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