Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Neighborhood Renovation: Makeover opens up a 1960s Eagle Rock Ranch

Eagle Rock home renovation

Kitchen and dining area were opened up | Courtesy Meredith Pominville

By Marni Epstein

Before: The kitchen before was closed off from the dining and living area

Interior designer Meredith Pominville has been decorating homes since 2006 but she recently undertook a challenge of a more personal nature: Breathing new life into her own Eagle Rock home. She and her husband purchased a run down 1960s ranch-style house for their family. Over the years it had fallen into disrepair as the previous owners had taken ill. Despite the need for a new roof, windows, appliances, insulation, and new flooring, Meredith was sold on the house’s serene yard and overall quiet setting. Then the work began…

 Challenge 1: The Yard
The yard was overrun by Cacti and poisonous Oleander trees. The challenge was removal of the current foliage and replanting of appropriate landscape. There was also a need to divert water runoff from the yard’s tenuous retaining wall.
Solution: Replaced cacti with grass, replaced the Oleanders with Podocarpus trees.

Challenge 2:  Kitchen – Dining Room
The odd-sized kitchen was closed off from the dining and living areas.
Solution: Replaced with a post-beam-post structure. Created new storage with lower cabinets on a baking island, center peninsula, and glass cabinet built-in credenza.

What Did Not Go To Plan:

  • Disassembled Backsplash: The slate and glass backsplash for the stove area arrived as a box of empty mesh and a pile of loose pieces.  Meredith spent two hours hand piecing and placing tiles on the counter for the installer to transfer one by one.
  • The landscaping didn’t take. All the replacement plants died. This will be a project that is revisited….
  •  The contractor took ill. Additional contractors were able to come in and finish his electrical and plumbing work.

Point of Pride: 

The flow and functionality of the new kitchen.

The dining room wall bisects the living space into small, unusable areas | Meredith Pominville

The walls come down. Kitchen layout in tape helps solve traffic problems in real space before actual cabinets are built. | Meredith Pominville

Eagle Rock home renovation

New kitchen now overlooks dining and living area. | Meredith Pominville


Neighborhood Renovation is about renovation and remodeling projects, large and small.  Got before and after photos and details about your home, apartment or commercial makeover? Send them over to [email protected]

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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  1. Lauretta Withers

    Beautiful space! What an awesome transformation from such dark, unusable space to bright and open. Lovely!

  2. I like the new layout, but whenever I see such remodeling stories without a price tag, I lose interest. We all know that a homeowner can achieve amazing things if money is no object; it’s more challenging to remodel a home on a limited budget. If architects/home remodelers want to showcase their work but are too shy, private, or modest to share how much the work cost, I don’t think they should bother sharing at all.

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