Ok, it’s in Malibu, so the budget for this home likely wasn’t modest – but at just 2,164 square feet, this updated home is modest in size. Built in 1962 and more recently remodeled by Burge and Associates, it’s a classic California Contemporary, one of many styles often called “mid-century modern”. But regardless of size, cost, or pedigree, this home offers a few details we think any modest mansion owner might find useful.
The main living area above shows how much living can be packed into one open space – no need here for separate rooms to enclose each activity. The simple roof and wall framing allows glass from floor to ceiling – and there’s no better decor than a beautiful landscape!
The flooring is zero maintenance; you only need one paint color; and a simple concrete block fireplace is as perfectly at home here as any marble-and-wood surround.
The money in this modest kitchen was spent on a few quality appliances, not lots of cabinets or countertops. A tall table does double-duty as an island. No trim at the window and doors is in keeping with the modern style.
For larger groups there is a dining table, but not a dedicated dining room. Here you also get a first glimpse of the courtyard this house is organized around.
This is pure California outdoor living, with glass from almost every room looking into the private courtyard. The outdoor fireplace has been updated with slate tile matching the courtyard floor.
This is a house built for outdoor living, with another patio off the living room, and a few lounge chairs on a small, private lawn. It’s little oasis in the middle of a very busy part of the world.