Get ready for an incredible before and after! These Long Beach homeowners had grown tired of their cramped, closed floor plan and were looking to give their pre-war home a fresh, open remodel to make room for their growing family. So they enlisted Architect and Interior Designer Daniella Carter of Pretty Smart Studio to make their home interior dreams come true! The result is an airy, open floor plan featuring indoor-outdoor living that promotes quality family time.
“Our clients had lived in their single-family, 3-bedroom pre-war home in the Plaza neighborhood of Long Beach for 2 years”, explains Daniella. “Like most older homes, the traditional closed floor plan was making their living spaces feel cramped, dark, and isolating. While the space functioned for the couple while their three children were younger, they knew they needed to make some big changes as they began to enter school age.”
To accomplish an open floor concept, Daniella designed an entire home remodel for the young family, complete with interior and exterior renovations.
“There was a challenge though, since an addition to the home had been made previous to them moving in, some interior walls were actually exterior and necessary to holding up the roof frame. While a roof-reframe wasn’t in the original budget, once we explained they’d have to keep a few of the walls, they were on board. In fact, we decided to lift the ceiling height to nine feet as well.”
By taking down the dividing walls in the common spaces, the dining, kitchen and living areas become one large, open space – perfect for entertaining guests and enjoying family time. Each space flows effortlessly into the next.
The natural walnut island in the kitchen beautifully stands out agains the white cabinetry and is carried through to the storage cabinets in the dining area.
Daniella perfectly executed her clients’ want for a minimalist, beachy design aesthetic by blending clean lines, neutral hues and organic, modern furnishings.
A fun, geometric wallpaper makes a statement in the powder room.
I collaborate closely with my clients, I want them to feel like we are partners in the process together. My goal is to take the homeowners tastes, lifestyle, and budget and transform that into creative, tangible design ideas. One of my favorite parts of a collaboration is learning about my client’s needs and presenting solutions that they love and never even knew they had wanted. Daniella Carter
The children’s room is natural and soft with a touch of whimsy.
The main living area open ups to the backyard through dramatic sliding glass doors.
Daniella did a beautiful job at modernizing and opening up this family’s once outdated and chopped-up home. By designing one large open living area, she not only created the illusion of a larger space but also brought the family closer together.