We decided to embark on this journey without a contractor. After interviewing a few, I couldn't fathom paying an additional 20% or more on top of the cost of the renovation. In my previous life, I oftentimes organized and produced three TransWorld Magazine titles a month, so I thought I could surely oversee this project! My advice for future renovators is to be prepared for the unexpected, because something will always happen and it won't always necessarily be good.
The first thing that had to come out was the flooring, none of it was salvageable. The house was covered in blue carpet and white ceramic tile with dark grout...complete with decades of filth. There was a small patch of real oak in the living area...but oak flooring in a mid century modern home is considered as big a sacrilege as granite...so it had to go. We were able to remove most of the carpeting ourselves, and we covered the hard surfaces with our new flooring. Our parents were even recruit...
Coincidentally, the first modern A frame home was built in Lake Arrowhead. To make the story even more interesting, this A frame was designed by none other than Rudolph Schindler. Yes, Austrian born architect extraordinaire Schindler! Schindler is one of my favorites, and his most important works were built in or near Los Angeles during the early to mid-twentieth century. I had the pleasure of viewing his Newport Beach masterpiece, the Lovell house (shown below), when I was trying to sell the neighboring home.
Schindler worked and trained with architectural greats like Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Nuetra. His inventive use of complex three-dimensional forms, warm materials, and striking colors, as well as his ability to work successfully within tight budgets, have placed him as one of the true mavericks of early twentieth century architecture.
The first modern A frame was built in Lake Arrowhead in 1934 for Gisela Bennati. It's form a...
Once upon a time, in a land far away...well, about an hour and a half from Los Angeles and Orange county....there was a sweet A frame cabin tucked away in the woods. The cabin was located in Lake Arrowhead, California, which really is a short drive from LA and OC. The unique thing about Lake Arrowhead is that it is one of the few places in Southern California where you can actually experience four seasons! I can't decide which season I enjoy the most...although I do love the Spring and Summer months! The sky is blue and it's sunny everyday, and the temperature stays around 75 degrees. In the fall, the leaves and trees are insanely gorgeous. I can't even describe it, I would refer to the trees as "Disney trees" as they looked too beautiful to be real, like a Disney artist had created them. Lake Arrowhead was just the perfect place for a mid-century modern mountain retreat...away from the crazy city, traffic, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The fact that the cabin was...
I think I have always loved A frame architecture. The obsession goes way back....remember the darling Fisher Price A-Frame circa 1974? The walls of "glass", sleeping loft, and decks were not the type of features typically found in the suburbs of Southern California.
Then there was this 1960's classic! Check out that groovy fireplace, and there's even a boat slip!
Apparently, Barbie was a fan too! Both the pool house and dream house had A Frame features.
Now, decades later, there has been a resurgence of the A Frame, not only in architecture, but in pop culture as well. The Land of Nod sells this adorable doll house, accessories include a kidney shaped pool and a mini macrame hanging planter.
Then I discovered the artwork of Shag. Since then I dreamed of creating a swingin' sixties ski lodge complete with furry rugs and fondue parties!
This is the true story...of a couple with mid-century modern dreams, a love of A-frame architecture, and their search for modernism in the mountains of Lake Arrowhead. You are about to embark on a renovation, no contractors or project managers where involved on this project, everything you are about to see is real.