There are clever ways to make a new addition fit with the original house. A Venice family, The Trattners, renovated the 900-square-foot original but longed for more space. They hired architect Talbot McLanahan to build an addition, and he was careful not to make the addition too tall and skinny which would overpower the size of the property. Whenever possible, owners and architect used inexpensive materials and took a pragmatic, budget minded approach using laminate IKEA cabinets, unfinished birch doors, lighting fixtures at $3 each, and simple white subway tile. L.A. Times writer Lisa Boone reports on the Trattner breathtaking addition. Photos are courtesy of Christina House for the Los Angeles Times.
It’s a familiar L.A. story: Scott Trattner’s commute from his Beachwood Canyon home to his advertising job at Media Arts Lab in Venice was killing him. He longed to close that gap.