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The house, right, sits adjacent to another home designed by Schindler.

schindler house on ellis avenue, inglewood, calif.

schindler house on ellis avenue, inglewood, calif.

  • The house, right, sits adjacent to another home designed by Schindler.

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    The house, right, sits adjacent to another home designed by Schindler.

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    The house, right, sits adjacent to another home designed by Schindler.

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  • The new front yard features drought-tolerant plantings and a communal garden where neighbors sit and share coffee.

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    The new front yard features drought-tolerant plantings and a communal garden where neighbors sit and share coffee.

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    The new front yard features drought-tolerant plantings and a communal garden where neighbors sit and share coffee.

  • The architect removed a piece of cabinetry between the kitchen and living room.

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    The architect removed a piece of cabinetry between the kitchen and living room.

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    The architect removed a piece of cabinetry between the kitchen and living room.

  • New white oak floors match the width and wood species of the original flooring.

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    New white oak floors match the width and wood species of the original flooring.

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    New white oak floors match the width and wood species of the original flooring.

  • The restored house has LED lighting; wooden window and door frames were preserved and fitted with tempered glass.

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    The restored house has LED lighting; wooden window and door frames were preserved and fitted with tempered glass.

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    The restored house has LED lighting; wooden window and door frames were preserved and fitted with tempered glass.

  • Living room before. Ehrlich forensically reconstructed and refinished built-ins and furniture and restored the fireplace.

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    Living room before. Ehrlich forensically reconstructed and refinished built-ins and furniture and restored the fireplace.

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    Living room before. Ehrlich forensically reconstructed and refinished built-ins and furniture and restored the fireplace.

  • Living room after. Custom kitchen cabinets are made of layered maple plywood with a laminate skin.

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    Living room after. Custom kitchen cabinets are made of layered maple plywood with a laminate skin.

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    Living room after. Custom kitchen cabinets are made of layered maple plywood with a laminate skin.

  • Bedroom before.

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    Bedroom before.

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    Bedroom before.

  • Bedroom after.

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    Bedroom after.

  • In the backyard, an existing 70-year-old grapevine grows over a new galvanized steel trellis, inspired by the sleeping porches of Schindlers Kings Road house.

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    In the backyard, an existing 70-year-old grapevine grows over a new galvanized steel trellis, inspired by the sleeping porches of Schindlers Kings Road house.

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    In the backyard, an existing 70-year-old grapevine grows over a new galvanized steel trellis, inspired by the sleeping porches of Schindler’s Kings Road house.

  • The patio view from the house.

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    The patio view from the house.

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    The patio view from the house.

schindler house on ellis avenue, inglewood, calif.
ehrlich architects
culver city, calif.

Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, saw this project as a rescue mission. He had two objectives: to preserve the legacy of Rudolph Schindler, who designed the house in 1939, and to make it as green as possible. Ehrlich reconstructed built-ins and furniture, replaced the kitchen, bath, and asbestos ductwork, and opened the kitchen to the living room. He also installed LED lighting, waterproofing membranes, and an efficient HVAC system. Wood window frames were restored and fitted with tempered glass.

Make that three objectives: The renovation became a family project, and after completion Ehrlich sold it to his daughter and her husband. “It happened to be a great family investment now that my kids own it,” he says. The judges remarked on the respect shown. “This is an important piece of architecture for a lot of people,” one noted. “They didn’t mess with it, they just brought it back.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge: Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, Ehrlich Architects; project manager: Joel Bell, Joel Bell Industrial Design, Los Angeles; general contractor: Mark Shramek, Shramek Building Co., Huntington Beach, Calif.; landscape designer: Stefan Hammerschmidt, Hammerschmidt and Lidow, Landscape Design, Venice, Calif.; project size: 981 square feet; site size: 0.13 acre; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Grant Mudford.


product details

bathroom fittings: Grohe, www.grohe.com; bathroom fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; countertops: Caesarstone, www.caesarstoneus.com; dishwasher: Miele, www.miele.com; flooring: Dal Tile, www.daltile.com, Marmoleum, www.marmoleum.com; garage doors: Dalton, www.wayne-dalton.com; hardware: FSB, www.fsbna.com; hvac equipment: Carrier, www.carrier.com; range: Wolf, www.subzero-wolf.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero-wolf.com; skylights/roof windows: Velux, www.veluxusa.com