Santa Monica Spanish Gut Remodel

Santa Monica Spanish Gut Remodel - Front view

Front door after re build

Demolition of the old



Rebuilt new entry









Out with the old








Santa Monica Gut Remodel - framing

A “Gut” remodel/restoration of a turn of the Century Spanish revival home located in Santa Monica.
The house was completely stripped to the “good” studs and rebuilt from the inside out.  As is the case in Los Angeles,
rebuilding a home and bringing it up to current building code standard, requires building from the inside out.  New foundations,
framing and mechanical systems create a new home.

  • Remodel/restoration of Spanish revival home

  • New pool house and custom pool with fountain

  • Complete “Chef’s style” kitchen

  • Unique open beamed ceiling

  • Moroccan tile

  • Plaster ceiling molding


Santa Monica Gut Remodel - pool house and pool

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - living room

Kitchen cabinets - rough install

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - happy tradespeople !


Testing paint colors

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - finish kitchenSanta Monica Gut Remodel - Moroccan tile and plaster ceiling in the hallwaySanta Monica Gut Remodel - tile risers on stairs

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - Pool houseSanta Monica Gut Remodel - steel column frame for pool house

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - exterior painting

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - gargage for living


Santa Monica Gut Remodel - custom driveway gate

Parts and pieces – the front gate and custom wrought iron.

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - craning in trees

Landscaping with large specimen trees being craned onto the site.

FramingSanta Monica Gut Remodel - outdoor fireplace




Pasadena Historic Preservation

From the Pasadena Heritage News – an interesting article on how Pasadena, a city that takes preservation seriously, handles illegal construction. Note the penalty – 4 years no construction allowed !



City Levies Penalty for Illegal Demolition

The City of Pasadena recently issued a ruling against the owners of a project on Prescott Street where an eligible historic home was virtually demolished against city code and without proper permits. Neighbors alerted the city when they believed work on the property was going far beyond the permitted plans. After calls to our office by the neighbors months ago, Pasadena Heritage offered free architectural consultation to the owners. That offer was rejected.

On November 18th, the Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to support city staff’s determination that this was an illegal demolition of an historic resource. Pasadena Heritage attended the Commission meeting to speak in support of the staff’s action and joined Craftsman Heights’ residents in expressing sadness and frustration at the loss of this architecturally significant home. The penalty is that no construction can take place on the site for four years, however, there are other remedies the owners can pursue that could allow an acceptable project to move forward.

Photo credit: City of Pasadena