Places– of Charm

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.

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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.



7 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    No, it wouldn’t. I have to have dinner at a table, not on bar seats at the kitchen counter. But, the counter is great for snacking and conversing with whomever is cooking. I adore the art on the refrigerator created by five-year-old Ever Trattner.

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    What a lovely first name– Ever. Hey, a bit off the subject, but do any of you know about adoption agencies in Haiti? I caught news of an Iowa couple who were adopting a three-year-old daughter in Haiti.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, I am not sure which agency the Iowa couple used. But, A LOVE BEYOND BORDERS is an adoption agency in Haiti. The 200 children at their two orphanage locations in Port Au Prince are alive. However, buildings were destroyed in the earthquake, so the children and staff are without reliable shelter.

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