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Living in Marina del Rey

Posted by Carren |

I have a friend who lives in this area and, from what I've seen, this part of Los Angeles is swanky, almost uptight. What we liked about this home in Marina del Rey was that it didn't want to keep up with the Joneses, it did Los Angeles its way. That's cool. 


Text by: Carren Jao 
Edited by: Diana Budds
Published: 08 Mar 2012, Dwell

When Joe Borst saw an affordable bungalow in a Marina del Ray neighborhood filled with either condos or mansions, he knew he found a perfect place for him and his girlfriend Maria Torres to live in. The home was rundown due to poor maintenance on the part of its previous owners with unfinished additions and obviously haphazard renovations to boot. 

Borst enlisted longtime friend Robert Sweet to re-imagine the space within a tight budget. “I just wanted good, open space, easy floor plan,” says Borst. “I gave him a lot of autonomy because I am very busy and I knew he would do fantastic work. He had free reign on style and creativeness.”

Sweet gave the home a modern, eco-friendly makeover and enlarged the feel of the home without adding to the footprint by renovating the home with an open floor plan and designing outdoor “rooms.” Here’s a look at what Sweet dealt with and how it all turned out. [watch the slideshow]


Omar said...

I used to live in Venice and loved exploring the MDR area. Cozy little homes and streets. They did a lot with a small amount of space. I really like the front and back yards.

Carren said...

Oh, lovely! Yes, Venice is a great area and there seem to be hidden gems around all the time. Thanks for stopping by!

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