Up-sizing from a small bungalow, Kristopher Dukes and Matt Jacobson took a minimalist approach to renovating and furnishing a soaring ’80s-era Ray Kappe–designed house in Manhattan Beach.
It was the surf and the artsy vibe that attracted Eric Grunbaum to Venice Beach, California. A surfer and creative director for an advertising agency, he thrives on lively environs. So it’s no surprise that he turned to the Los Angeles–based architect Barbara Bestor to design a modern home for him near the Pacific. Bestor, the chair of graduate studies at Woodbury University School of Architecture, has a formidable reputation in Southern California for her bohemian modernism, and for Grunbaum, she created a 2,000–square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home that harbors a traditional sensibility with a contemporary heart.
Though this compact bungalow in Manhattan Beach contains an impressive collection of high-design furniture, including an original Eames shell chair and a Nelson jewelry cabinet, it's the outdoor space that truly shines. Together, the architect and resident, an avid surfer, designed the long steel-and-ipe bench, which suspends from the low concrete wall.
At Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park in Malibu, photographer Sofie Howard renovated a dinky one-bedroom, 500-square-foot into a modern beachside home.
For this Manhattan Beach renovation, builder and designer Robert Sweet created a casual, open floor plan with an abundance of natural light. The original house was a boxy, Spanish-style bungalow, which Sweet transformed into 2,600-square-feet of modern beauty. A handpicked selection of vibrant Moroccan tile accents the minimalist interior. Various outdoor spaces let the residents make the most of the sunny beachside climate.