A Hermosa couple builds a new home reflecting environmental consciousness and a love of travel.
- Written bySuzanna Cullen
After living in their Hermosa Beach bungalow for almost 10 years, Deanna Stamm and Brian Pettigrew decided that, with the birth of their second child, they had to have more space. “At first we thought we’d just add a second story, but the more we explored what it entailed, the more we thought we should just start over,” says Deanna.
Hiring Michael Lee as their architect, Deanna and Brian made the decision to tear down their bungalow and build a new contemporary home on the land. “Michael was very thorough about the project and the details from the beginning, and we were adamant about having a budget,” says Brian.
That combination of an architect’s clear design scheme and a client’s resolve to stay on budget resulted in a fairly fast design and build project. Kim Komick of KKC Fine Homes executed the build “in a little over a year,” says Deanna.
It was also very important to Deanna and Brian to stay local in their resources and to recycle and reuse where they could. Because they had a bungalow-style house and were building a contemporary house, they could only reuse certain elements that would translate into the completely different aesthetic. “We sent a lot of windows, doors and lighting to Habitat for Humanity,” says Brian.
The house has three floors as a result of successfully using the slope of the land. Stepping down into the lower level, concrete floors make the outside-to-inside transition easy to keep clean. With the entire floor devoted to the children’s bedrooms, playroom, bathroom and laundry room, it’s a contained environment for playing and creating.
“At first Michael wasn’t thrilled with our idea of reusing the old kitchen cabinets in the laundry room, but we just couldn’t justify throwing out cabinets that were perfectly good, for design aesthetics,” says Deanna. That practical viewpoint prevailed throughout the house as the growing family contemplated smart choices both for their lifestyle
and for the environment.
Deanna and Brian’s travels in Africa influenced not only their concern for the environment but also their overall design aesthetics. Large plate-glass windows provide expansive views while dark, wide-plank floors remind them of the floors found in many African homes.
The master bathroom is designed to replicate many of the features of their favorite African locales. The walk-in shower, dark slate-like heated tile floors and large enclosed bathtub remind them of their travels.
The top floor contains the living, dining and kitchen areas as well as an office that can be converted to a guest bedroom. The same porcelain tiles were used throughout several areas of the house as a way to conserve materials. The charcoal-colored kitchen cabinets were another departure from most South Bay homes, but they create a seamless transition from the hardwood floors to carry the eye up visually.
Like most South Bay homes, the large doors slide open to create one huge indoor and outdoor living space. With a patio that runs the length of the house, the space can easily accommodate a crowd for entertaining.
“We’ve made conscious choices about the materials in this house as well as creating an interior that reflects our love for travel, so we intend to continue to furnish the house as we go on various adventures,” says Deanna. A painting from the Caribbean is due to arrive soon, and it will join their collection hanging near a chandelier made from recycled wine barrels.
A desire to experience various cultures and locales has brought Deanna and Brian to a place of appreciating their local community. While supporting local businesses and recycling to preserve the environment, their home will continue to reflect their love of the world at large.