The Modernization of a Craig Ellwood Home in California

There is no denying that some of the most interesting home designs come from masterpieces of the past. Great minds always try to innovate and so it isn’t surprising that some houses around the world exist with designs that make them look way ahead of their time. A perfect example of such a house is the Moore House designed by the iconic midcentury architect, Craig Ellwood, which is found in Los Angeles, California.

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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher
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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher

The Moore House has been standing in the neighborhood of Los Feliz since the year of 1965 and has become an architectural heritage in LA in its own way. With this being the case, its new designer, Wood + Dangaran, did not want to completely change the look for the new owners of the home. Instead, they opted to modernize it while retaining its core features like the midcentury interiors, the glass walls which showcase the lot’s long views of the cityscape bordered and softened by wood frames, and its open-plan spaces.

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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher
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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher

As beautiful as it was prior to the renovation done, wear and tear is something that is unavoidable with houses so Wood + Dangaran made sure to upgrade the structural aspects of the home to meet contemporary standards. The house itself isn’t enormous as it only covers nearly 1700 square feet of space but because of the masterful utilization of the area, the interior feels much bigger than what it actually is.

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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher

Wood + Dangaran made sure to keep the spirit of Craig Ellwood’s design alive by keeping the original interior details of the house untouched while adding modernistic details like using earth-toned ceramic tiles to complement the natural wood found all around the house. Adding metal tones and hues also contributed immensely to combining a sense of luxury to this classic home.

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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher
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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher
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Photos courtesy of Joe Fletcher

The mixture of old and new resulted in a design that makes it an amazing place to live in decades ago, in the present, and in the decades to come. In short, from a classic home, it has become timeless. Luckily, the owners of the house felt the same way otherwise we would not be able to appreciate this West Coast architectural heritage that they now gladly call their sweet sweet home.

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