Collection by Kelly Dawson

A California Ranch Renovation Opens to the Outdoors


When a family relocated to Los Angeles, they tapped Montalba Architects to revitalize this 2,400-square-foot home with a simple, open, minimal style in mind.

An American illustrator and her executive husband had been living in London with their two teenage children when they decided to move back to the States. They found a possible new address in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, a Westside city known for its luxury and exclusivity, but the property was far from the surrounding standards. The cramped home had been neglected, and clusters of dark rooms were removed from the sunny outdoors. But the couple envisioned a renovation that restored the structure’s original California Ranch style, and they hired principal David Montalba and his namesake firm to follow through. “The goal was to create large open spaces, with a minimal color and material palette, and lots of natural light,” Montalba says. In the end, the family was not unlike the house they transformed: both returned to their roots with a few added details.

“The original home was in a state of disrepair, had a series of dark, small rooms that were disjointed, and it had very...
“The house wasn’t well kept. The renovation was a full interior gut and [an] exterior remodel,” Montalba says.
Montalba wanted to design a property with easy access to the outdoors.
The house’s wood beams were restored during the renovation, and custom millwork was installed for airy privacy between...
“Skylights were introduced throughout the home to increase light without decreasing privacy,” Montalba said.
Along with the interior design’s emphasis on natural light, Montalba also wanted a minimalist look.
A Zuma C Series bathtub sits under a Dornbracht showerhead in the bathroom, which is accented by the same walnut...
The master bedroom exemplifies the home’s aesthetic: minimalist and light-filled, with the same white-oak flooring and...