Beach Brownstone

We renovated two of three units in a subdivided brick and stucco row house in Hermosa Beach. The overall vibe is urban classic, a Pacific-tinged homage to the historic East Coast brownstone.


Custom millwork and cabinetry, white oak floors, shiplap ceilings, and durable, easy-to-maintain marbleized porcelain countertops are found in both units. Each unit is just over 2,400 sq. ft. and offers a rooftop view, multiple decks, and its own distinct take on coastal chic.


Unit 2 merges farmhouse flair with a hint of Mediterranean. We used reclaimed wood for the fireplace mantle and kitchen beams, and marbleized porcelain for the backsplash and waterfall island. In a unique design approach, the waterfall countertop transitions into a porcelain-topped table. We added powder blue cabinets under the island, for additional storage.


The 2.5 bathrooms have marble countertops and marble or slate tile flooring. Brass fixtures with a vintage feel and a square granite sink give the half-bath an air of industrial cool.


Unit 3 feels a bit like a modern chateau. The kitchen boasts a waterfall porcelain island, three levels of custom cabinetry, and contemporary leather barstools. Each of the unit’s 3.5 baths have marble countertops. The master bath is a stunning, airy, white retreat, with minimal black accents. Recycled wooden beams are used throughout the unit, and the living room fireplace is finished with a limewash plaster that will only grow more interesting with time.