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July 21, 2021
Text: Carlene Olsen
Anders Lasater Architects Updates a Mid-Century Home in Laguna Beach, California
When a family from South Africa spotted a mid-century home with ocean views in Laguna Beach, California, they enlisted Anders Lasater, founder of his namesake firm, to make it their own. “With an active family like these folks, we wanted to make sure there was enough room for them to live the life they want to live,” says Lasater. As part of that plan, the design team created ample room to entertain and unwind indoors and out, including a pool and upper-level deck, which connect to the interiors through several floor-to-ceiling openings. The kitchen, which Lasater referred to as the “command and control” center of the home, also offers an unobstructed sightline throughout the lower level, enabling the couple to keep an eye on their three children. “A lot of strategy went into understanding how the family would use the home, so we could create spaces in the right location relative to those activities,” he adds. The resulting space honors the history of the original 1960s design, while bringing it into the present day with technology, finishes, and pops of color that reflect the narrative of the family within it.