Woods + Dangaran Updates 1960s California Home By Craig Ellwood

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Glass walls, teak flooring, and an original koi pond are found in a mid-century Los Angeles residence that received a sensible refresh from local company Woods + Dangaran.


Built in 1965, Moore House was designed by architect Craig Ellwood, known for creating homes that combine modernism with the airy California lifestyle. The 1,700 square foot (158 square meters) residence is located on a hillside in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Wooden steps lead up to Moore House on one level

The current owners are a married couple who wanted to modernize the house while preserving many of its original details. To oversee the renovation, they turned to local studio Woods + Dangaran, run by Brett Woods and Joseph Dangaran.

“The overall intention of the design was to respect the historic structure and integrity of the house, while restoring and updating finishes and fittings to suit the owner’s modern lifestyle,” the duo said.

The rectangular single-storey house sits on a high concrete block foundation and features glass walls in a redwood frame. Wooden steps lead up to glazed entrance doors that open and close.

The project is from Woods + Dangaran
A swimming pool was added during the renovation, while an original koi pond has been retained

The exterior has received a full update. New glazing was installed and the existing wooden structure and fascias were restored.

“Requiring significant work, the house’s shell is improved to preserve the longevity of the structure and meet contemporary performance standards,” the architects said.

Woods + Dangaran added neutral interiors to the house
The master suite has teak finishes and large windows

Inside, the house has a fluid and simple layout. A master suite occupies one end, and a guest bedroom and office are located at the other. The central part is transformed into an open space for living, eating and cooking.

Woods + Dangaran updated finishes throughout, including textured plaster on the ceiling and honey-colored teak flooring. The bedrooms are furnished with both vintage and contemporary pieces that complement the mid-century aesthetic of the house.

In the living room, the team placed an Arflex leather sofa by Umberto Asnago flanked by stone tables custom designed by the architects. The bulbous lamps by Foscarini help to enliven the space.

The bedroom is also decorated with a B&B Italia coffee table by Paolo Piva and rounded armchairs by Philippe Malouin. A floor-to-ceiling shelf holds niches for books, cocktail supplies, and guest record players.

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The living room includes comfortable furniture and custom-designed tables

The adjoining dining room is furnished with a white oak table by Rummler and wire chairs by Overgaard & Dyrman. A brass luminaire by Florian Schulz hangs above.

Like other areas of the house, the master bedroom features neutral colors and an understated material palette. Teak was used for the wall covering, a floating console and a pair of bedside tables. A headboard is wrapped in padded leather.

White oak in the dining room
The adjoining dining room is furnished with a white oak table

In the master bathroom, a skylight illuminates a shower clad in Ann Sacks metallic bronze tile.

The guest bathroom has a dark Emperador marble countertop and a wall covered with Japanese porcelain tiles. Light is provided by a skylight and a pair of vintage globe-shaped pendant lights by Frank Ligtelijn.

Outside the house, the team added a new 60-foot (18-meter) swimming pool and concrete deck with a fire pit. An existing koi pond has been preserved intact.

Globe pendant lights by Frank Ligtelijn in the guest bathroom
Japanese porcelain tiles line guest bathroom

Other mid-century restored homes in California include the Julius Shulman Home and Studio in Hollywood Hills, originally designed by Raphael Soriano and updated by LOHA, and a plywood-clad Eichler house in Silicon Valley that has been renovated by Klopf Architecture.

The photograph is by Joe Fletcher.


Project credits:

Interior design : Wood + Dangaran
Structural and civil engineer: Labib Funk and associates
General contractor : GHBW
Landscape architect: Chris Sosa
Arborist: The resource of the tree
Soil engineer: Grover Hollingsworth and associates
Surveying: Northlake Surveying
As constructed : Construction conditions
Case work: Wood + Dangaran, Silverstrand
Title 24: Solargie
Permits: Crest Immobilier


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