The interior remodel of an existing 500 square foot guest house in the Loma Vista neighborhood of Ventura California. The owner bought the home after having lived in the smaller town of Oak View for many years he desired to move back to "the city." When a home with a potential income component came on the market the owner purchased it, but it hadn't been touched since the home was built in the 1950's. Having just put money into other aspects of the home so he could move his family in the owner's budget was skinny and the schedule short as he wanted to rent the guest house to take pressure off of his monthly mortgage payment.
The original guest house interior had a suspended 2x4 "T bar" ceiling (7'-6" above finished floor), with dark wood wall paneling, dark brown laminate counters, and dark brown linoleum tile flooring that was already coming off.
Considering the owners budget and desire to reuse, reduce, and recycle we proposed stripping the linoleum and old glue down to expose the concrete slab, removing the "T bar" ceiling to expose the wonderful Douglas Fir wood structure and vaulted ceiling, repainting walls and the Art Deco style closet, and building a new kitchenette using a refurbished Air Stream gas stove the owner had recently purchase to save space with a peninsula made from off the shelf steel shelving as an open storage area beneath. The efficient use of space for the kitchen left ample room for an office area and an area for a queen sized bed with plenty of room for three stools around the peninsula. Removing the ceiling made if feel larger and exposing the wood structure warmed up the interior.
Shortly after the completion of the remodeling of the guest house the owner loved it so much he actually made it his home/ office/ studio space in lieu of renting it out.
Location: Ventura, CA, US