Eastside Design: An old Echo Park house gets a new partner


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After living for decades in the same 520-square-foot cottage in an Echo Park canyon, the owners decided it was finally time to expand. What the couple wanted was a large living and cooking space that opened up to their large backyard and embraced the surrounding views of the crowded canyon. They turned to Echo Park architects Louis Molina and Laurent Turin of TMWork for ideas.

The architects wanted to retain as much of the original 1921 bungalow as they could but had no intentions to create a faux-Craftsman addition. They also didn’t want the new addition to overwhelm the old house. So, what they created was essentially a new house, which is only slightly larger than the original bungalow, that is connected to the old house by a “neck” as well as similar materials. This marriage of equals respects the character of both old and new styles but lets the structure work as a single home.

“We didn’t want [the addition] to just kind of sit on top of the existing house or morph it,” said Molina. But “we were not interested in just replicating [the existing house]. I think it’s more of an insult to an existing [building] to try to mimic it as opposed to try and honor and respect it and then contribute to it.”

Read more of Molina’s comments and photos in The Eastside Design gallery.

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