Friday, September 24, 2010

PBS' "This Old House" Comes to Silver Lake

We told you back in May that after 30 years, PBS' "This Old House" is finally renovating its first-ever Los Angeles home.

Now, after putting out a call to find a home, the "This Old House" producers have chosen a 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival home in Silver Lake to renovate. The transformation will take place over 10 episodes, which begin on Jan. 27, 2011.

Here are the details:

Homeowner Kurt Albrecht purchased this home in 1998 and moved in with his wife, Mary Blee, shortly thereafter. The couple was not only drawn to the original period style of the house and its view of the Silver Lake Reservoir, but they loved the diverse community and its central location. The one floor, 1,500-sq.-ft. house was the perfect size for a young, married couple so they only made minor cosmetic updates at first. However, in recent years as their family began to expand and basically outgrow the two-bedroom, one-bath house, they decided it was time for more extensive renovations.

The This Old House experts are working with Los Angeles-based contractor Steve Pallrand and his design-build firm Home Front on a modest 750-sq.ft. expansion which includes a new second floor, larger kitchen, new family room, two additional baths and two more bedrooms. The plan also calls for preserving and replicating some of the homeowner's favorite existing period details such as arched doorways, tray ceilings, plaster ornamentation, inlaid floors and art deco light fixtures.

The Los Angeles episodes will also look at L.A. architecture such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, and highlight preservation efforts at the Silver Lake home and studio of the late architect Richard Neutra.

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