Vista del Golfo Residence Remodel
Long Beach, California
Architect/Designer | COE Architecture International
Builder | J & R Construction
Developer | Owner- Frank T. Suryan
Interior Designer | Leslie DeWald/LB Muller Design
Photographer | Jim Simmons
The existing house looked like Darth Vader’s helmet—dark and foreboding. The redesign saved it from the “Dark Side”, bringing it into the light. The project encompassed the complete exterior and interior renovation of a house that is located on a bay with a view of the Pacific Ocean. The original 3,840-square-foot, 1992 house failed to take advantage of its spectacular waterfront setting. In the new design, all of the major interior spaces were reorganized so that each would have commanding water views and allow for easy entertaining. On the first floor, the kitchen was relocated to serve as the communal centerpiece of the house. The exterior wall of the living room was completely removed and replaced with accordion glass doors, allowing the interior to flow to the new deck.