Green Roof Upgrade
Posted: March 20, 2020 | Tradewinds
This Santa Monica mid-century was designed originally by Fredrick Monhoff in 1949. It was a 3-bedroom, 1-bath home, a total of 1,200 square feet. It has since received several additions, including a green roof now in construction. In 2013, homeowners Elaine and David contacted Abeer Sweis wanting to expand square footage to meet the needs of their growing family, and to make updates. Sweis designed a new wing that provides two additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a den, using leftover space for a laundry room and pantry. Sweis also expanded the dining area and renovated the main living space, with the exception of the original brick fireplace.
There were four specific elements driving the design: indoor/outdoor living, utilizing natural light, having an open floor plan with continuity of space and views, and the use of modern materials that fit seamlessly into the mid-century architecture.
Indoor-outdoor flow both to the patio and the den on the other side was created with the use of folding doors and large windows, and by carrying the tile from the interior living space out to the patio and spa area. The hall, typically simply a circulation space, became one of their favorite rooms in the house. It ties together the spaces in the new addition and accentuates the intersection of the existing and new angles.
The clients lived in the home during this phase of construction.
The north wing of the home is undergoing renovation now in construction. An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) will replace the existing one-car garage and guest room. The challenge was to add more square footage without sacrificing the outdoor living space. Although built with contemporary innovations, the green roof design of the accessory structure complements the original home.
“Abeer, Jeff, and their team did an amazing job expanding and renovating our mid-century modern architectural home. The design process was a true partnership — Abeer listened to our needs and incorporated our preferences, while executing an incredible design vision for our home. We enjoyed the process very much. Jeff did an exceptional job leading the construction process. Every detail was addressed and the end product is truly amazing. Every aspect of our new home meets our needs, both in terms of form and function. We highly recommend (them) and would hire them again without reservation.” — David + Elaine