Built in 1926, the El Camino del Mar House has lived several lives. This three-story Mediterranean revival home went through a series of renovations, both inside and out, before its current owners called upon Síol Studios in 2015.
Longtime clients of the design studio, the family needed a welcoming space for their family to stay during visits from China. While they loved their home’s historic exterior, they preferred a more modern interior. Síol was tasked with restoring the building’s exterior to its original glory, while simultaneously gutting the interior to make room for a modern oasis within.
To revive the exterior, Síol Studios had to reverse changes made during a 1985 renovation. The architects chose to remove an oddly proportioned bay window, and restore the historic arched windows it had replaced. The resulting facade has a series of distinctive diptychs and triptych windows true to its original design.