House Tour | Lewis Schoeplein Architects
We’re paying a visit to the Steven House, a dazzling midcentury ranch home in Southern California reimagined by the dream team behind Lewis Schoeplein Architects.
A graphic designer and a writer, the clients approached Lewis Schoeplein Architects to assist in their house hunting endeavors. Their vision was clear; they wanted a home that was “modern California, with a touch of Texas.” Fostered by a shared vision and more than a few Pinterest boards, Lewis Schoeplein worked with the creative couple, embarking on what would become one of the most collaborative projects of their career. Soon after the house was purchased and the designs were mapped out, the renovation of this midcentury Encino ranch began. Trading in cottage cheese ceilings, heavy shutters and overgrown landscape for something more in keeping with their modern, California aesthetic, Lewis Schoeplein made way for a transformation that fulfilled all their clients’ desires – and then some.
All Images by Izumi Tanaka
No new square footage was needed, but the inside was gutted to relocate the kitchen from the front of the house to the rear, allowing it to connect to the yard and swimming pool. The remaining areas flow openly, yet maintain nooks throughout to give some separation to the house. With two toddlers, this design was open enough to feel welcoming but practical enough to hide the unavoidable messes that come with raising young children.
Minimalism is a calming force throughout the house, evidenced from the moment you walk through the front door. While respecting the home’s midcentury style, the architects worked to create a lighter, more contemporary feel by keeping the color palette primarily neutral, but with the occasional pop of color. The result is an effortlessly chic atmosphere where muted colors, natural materials and thoughtful decor come together for a softened, retro feel.
The living area is high-ceilinged, with touches of wood, simple Bauhaus-inspired lines and graphic patterns throughout that help add texture to the interior of the open-plan home.
On the opposite side of the living room sits the dining room, featuring a midcentury modern home must – the Eames chair.
Lewis Schoeplein embraced traits typical of midcentury modern kitchens when renovating this space; most kitchens built during this period favored the galley-style kitchen and were not separately defined rooms.
Keeping this in mind, the architects opted for two Blizzard-topped counters running parallel, which help define the area but still manage to maintain a continuity between the heart of the home and the rest of the house’s living areas.
A trio of Niche Modern Lighting pendants hang from individual junction boxes above the kitchen. The subdued color of the glass is the perfect choice for this interior, complementing the Caesarstone quartz countertops, geometric backsplash and paneled appliances.
Striking a balance between old and new, Lewis Schoeplein designed a playroom that is soft and comfortable with few hard edges and incorporated bright furniture, art and accent pieces.
Throughout the home, built-ins save the day when it comes to keeping things minimal and neat –seen here in the master bedroom.
To give this room a 21st century feel without spoiling the midcentury bones of the home, the architects experimented with new and fresh materials. By introducing Pure White quartz countertops and contemporary hardware to the floating double vanity, they created a space that is clean and modern.
The cabinet colors also create a distinctly midcentury vibe when combined with the wood finish, without feeling dated.
If given the option, we'd move in tomorrow!
About Lewis Schoeplein Architects:
Lewis/Schoeplein Architects, founded in 1998, is a Los Angeles-based collaboration led by partners Marc Schoeplein, AIA, LEED AP and Toni Lewis, AIA, LEED AP. The practice is multi-disciplinary, and includes single and multi-family residential, landscape, urban design, commercial development, and community-based design and planning for institutions, governmental agencies, and not-for-profits.