PMI renovated this 1911 Echo Park Craftsman apartment building at 1306 Temple Boulevard sandwiched between a grade school and a liquor store. The paint and rails detracted from the character of the building. The absence of landscaping and accessibility from the street gave a commercial image for this residential property. PMI retained most of the historical features but used paint, landscape, and wood fencing to create a more residential pallet. PMI used tall timber bamboo to soften the exterior and provide a transition from busy Temple Boulevard and the Hollywood Freeway. The vertical redwood fencing (the hipster fence) gives a contemporary feel and provides the security required by new residents in a gentrifying neighborhood. See renovated exterior below.
Prior to the renovation, tenants accessed units through narrow corridors. See picture below.
PMI resigned the property to eliminate the corridors and provide individual unit access from the property exterior.
The original developer in the 1920s divided the each unit into small rooms: kitchen, dining, living, and bedroom The decades old interior plaster and aluminum window dated the units. See below.
Without the corridor, the renovators expanded each one bedroom unit and combined the kitchen, dining, and living into one great room. Each unit had new drywall, paint, solid hardwood floors, and double pane windows. White paint and straight lines made each unit look larger. New large redwood sided balconies extended each unit into the outdoors. Contemporary fixtures and the open kitchens, especially in the unit with a doug fir exposed ceiling, gave the units a loft like look. See pictures below. The old nook kitchens had laminate counters, cheap wood cabinets, and white appliances. See below.
The designer created a contemporary cafe kitchen look with stainless steel appliances, white quartz countertops, thermafoil cabinets, and eating bars. The former bathrooms had a mix of old and new finishes. See below.The new bathrooms have contemporary vanities and new subway tiles to create a contemporary look with a hint of history. See below.New redwood horizontal fencing and stairs (in the second picture below) replaced the old plaster balconies and wood stairs with vertical rails (in the picture below).
The entrance to the parking lot and units was not gated or secure. See belowThe renovators gated the parking lot and secured all access with six foot redwood fencing. See below
With the historical building exterior maintained, the apartment property allowed millennials to live in loft like contemporary one bedrooms in a secure environment that still enjoyed the character of Echo Park and all its amenities and flavor. It was another success by renovator PMI Properties as well as designer and project manager Adaptive Realty.