A Midcentury Home Renovation Celebrates Its Striking, Open-Truss Ceiling

A Midcentury Home Renovation Celebrates Its Striking, Open-Truss Ceiling

By Kelly Vencill Sanchez
Designed by a little-known architect in 1949, the now streamlined home honors its original bones.

When it comes to midcentury houses in Southern California, there’s not much that Valerie Levitt Halsey and Brett Halsey haven’t seen. The pair, who run a Los Angeles–based design firm (Levitt Halsey is also a real estate agent), were confident that they knew most of the notable examples. So they were intrigued when John Bhasme and Reshma Shamasunder, who’d come to an open house for a post-and-beam the two had helped remodel in suburban L.A., mentioned that they owned a similar home nearby.

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