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by Barbara Bestor last modified Jul 10, 2012

by Barbara Bestor In this three-part series, expanding on our July/August 2012 "Designers at Home" theme, Los Angeles-based architect Barbara Bestor tracks her hands-on, ten-month renovation of the Swan House, a 1950s bungalow in Silverlake. We've featured her work previously in the magazine here. Part One: Finding a Gem. In December 2010, I found this 1950s house and garage on a nice corner view lot in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. I bought it because I wanted to live within walking distance of the Silver Lake reservoir and also because it has this heart-shaped pool, which just seemed insanely great—like having a "Jayne Mansfield Slept Here" plaque on your front door! The house, which is 1,591 square feet, had a single finished bedroom and a semi-finished basement. My plan was to convert the basement to two bedrooms and a bathroom (for my two kids) and remodel and reconfigure the entire upstairs, which included a small kitchen, living area, dining area, and master bedroom suite. Here's a look at the house when I first got my hands on it, along with some details on what I planned to do with it.




 

 

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by Barbara Bestor

In this three-part series, expanding on our July/August 2012 "Designers at Home" theme, Los Angeles-based architect Barbara Bestor tracks her hands-on, ten-month renovation of the Swan House, a 1950s bungalow in Silverlake. We've featured her work previously in the magazine here. Part One: Finding a Gem. In December 2010, I found this 1950s house and garage on a nice corner view lot in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. I bought it because I wanted to live within walking distance of the Silver Lake reservoir and also because it has this heart-shaped pool, which just seemed insanely great—like having a "Jayne Mansfield Slept Here" plaque on your front door! The house, which is 1,591 square feet, had a single finished bedroom and a semi-finished basement. My plan was to convert the basement to two bedrooms and a bathroom (for my two kids) and remodel and reconfigure the entire upstairs, which included a small kitchen, living area, dining area, and master bedroom suite. Here's a look at the house when I first got my hands on it, along with some details on what I planned to do with it.



 

 

 
 
 

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