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Inside Matt Baran’s Modern Architectural Jewel in Venice Beach

Inside Matt Baran’s Modern Architectural Jewel in Venice Beach

Designed by: Baran Studio Architecture

Photography by: Alex Zarour of Virtually Here Studios

Prior to the firm’s renovations, the 1950s-era home was a small, one-level 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow that lacked creativity and functionality. The project took approximately four years and now features European white oak flooring, custom cabinetry, Subzero and Wolf appliances, hand glazed tile around the fireplace, and marble tile in the Primary bathroom. Through clever design renovations, Matt and his team added over 2000 square feet of living space and an expansive roof deck, which highlights the beauty of Southern California’s indoor/outdoor living. 

Matt was drawn to the home’s warm coastal location, which inspired the colors and materials used throughout the renovation. The warm woods, neutral tones, and white oak flooring is contrasted by dark industrial accents including the railing and fireplace, for a timeless and cohesive look. The bright contemporary kitchen mixes the warmer qualities of wood with harder edge tile and stone, which offers a unique juxtaposition.

Matt notes that many of the newer homes in Venice maximize the allowed zoning envelope, but lack articulation, detail, and variation in material. Matt and his team aimed to develop an innovative project with a variety of materials and landscaping that matches the luxury quality of the neighborhood.