A Two-Decade Renovation Recasts a Derelict Home as an Artists’ Live/Work Haven

Warren Techentin Architecture turns a wonky Los Angeles home and bungalows into the perfect place for the owners to work and raise a family.

Christopher James vividly recalls when he and his wife, Kristin Beinner James, first laid eyes on the pink and maroon house in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood in 2000. Divided into upstairs and downstairs apartments, the house was a wreck, and the three bungalows out back weren’t much better. "The sewer in the main house was disconnected, there was no heat, and rain streamed in through broken windows," says Chris.

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Kelly Vencill Sanchez
Contributing Editor
Dwell's Los Angeles-based contributing editor, Kelly has also written about design and architecture for Architectural Digest, Coastal Living and Luxe.


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