Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

A home at its best can really be a reflection of its owner. Fredda's home certainly was that. It wasn't overly large, but it was perfect, like a gem. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Anne Colby
Published: 29 Mar 2014, Los Angeles Times

Fredda Weiss' 1950s Mandeville Canyon home was warm and inviting -- but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss, seen here, decided to give it an update with the help of architect Zoltan Pali. He transformed Weiss' traditional cottage into a contemporary, modernist mountain retreat. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times /November 19, 2013)

Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there."

Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting — but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali.

"If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says. [read more]

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