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California Remodel Celebrates a Beach Home’s Rich Character
The renovation of this coastal home put the kitchen at its center.

On the southern edge of a California coastal town, the owners of a simple beach bungalow already had their dream home—or close to it.

“The clients approached me and said, ‘We love the ambiance of our little ranch-style place,’” says Nick Noyes, founder of San Francisco–based architecture firm Nick Noyes Architecture. But the one-level house and its clusters of tiny, closed-off rooms was starting to feel too small for the growing family that also liked to entertain and regularly host business clients.

Project Details

Location: Del Mar, Calif.

Architect Nick Noyes ArchitectureSan Francisco

Builder: Del Mar Restoration, Del Mar, Calif.

Kitchen Size: 260 square feet

House Size: 3,142 square feet

Construction Cost: Withheld

“The couple wanted to maintain the original character of their home, but transform it into something that was more modern and relatable to their current lifestyle,” describes Noyes.

The renovation turned the kitchen and dining area into the central hub of the home. Noyes added only 300 square feet to the footprint, bringing the home to a total size of 3,142 square feet, but he reoriented the major living spaces to create a more open and seamless floor plan.

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