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October 16, 2015
Filled with the resident's childhood memories, this quirky home's update kept it true to its San Diego heritage.
Rainscreen facade and patio of San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

The existing cottage lap siding was replaced with a rainscreen installation; it does double duty as both moisture control and an elegant aesthetic update.

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Indoor-outdoor kitchen, patio, dining area of San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

The architects explain, “This house has tile plank flooring throughout with no transition steps at showers and doors. And because indoor/outdoor living is an integral part of San Diego living, large glass sliding doors completely open the house to the private patio that was hidden in the prior plan layout.”

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Living room with Ligne Roset sofa in San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

Previously a much darker space framed by a low ceiling, the living room now features large glass panels that draw residents outside and admit bountiful natural light. The sofa is by Ligne Roset. 

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Before shots of San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

"Before" shots of the interior.

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Louis 5d wall sconces by Ligne Roset in San Diego renovation by Architects Mangus.

Due to the long distance working relationship between the architects and the client, some design decisions were essentially a leap of faith like the Louis 5d wall sconces by Ligne Roset (seen left). 

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Moen fixtures and teak deck outdoor shower in San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

Designed for easy beachside living, “the cube” in the backyard—essentially the renovated garage—sports a sleek outdoor shower complete with a teak deck and Moen fixtures. 

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Rooftop patio with Crate & Barrel couch and Hausers umbrella in San Diego renovation by Magnus Architects.

What this cottage lacks in size is made up for by stunning views of the ocean. The homeowners lounge on a Crate & Barrel sofa underneath a Hausers umbrella

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Garage of San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

To allude to the nearby ocean, the architects designed a seaweed patterned for the interior of the garage door (seen here raised). It successfully reads like a leather padded wall and makes “the cube” feel that much more customized. 

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Before shots of San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

"Before" shots of the exteriors.

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Rainscreen facade and patio of San Diego renovation by Architects Magnus.

The existing cottage lap siding was replaced with a rainscreen installation; it does double duty as both moisture control and an elegant aesthetic update.

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Originally purchased by the homeowner’s grandmother in the early 50’s, this San Diego fisherman’s 1,266 square foot cottage now packs modern updates and a new generation’s design preferences. Fisherman’s cottages, so called because of their midcentury popularity in fishing communities throughout coastal San Diego, tend to offer a classic horizontal plan and low maintenance seaside vibe. With the help of the homeowner who actively participated in the design process, Architects Magnus introduced more color, daylight and an open floor plan among other modern touches. Even the garage has been converted to what the architects refer to as “the cube” - a versatile 400 square foot outdoor/indoor entertainment space. The result is a familiar feeling home true to its community’s history with a younger, brighter look to boot. 

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