There’s something magical about a California Modern house actually located in California—especially in storied Malibu beneath the Santa Monica Mountains. Even if you can’t see the ocean (and you cannot from here), you feel its presence and myriad shifts in microclimate. There’s a reason why these houses were designed for indoor-outdoor living.
When longtime clients of Brad Lynch bought this house, they did so for the property—a gloriously private 1.5 acres in an older part of Malibu. “You see only mountains and landscape there,” says Brad. “It’s very unusual to be that close to the Pacific Coast Highway.” The house had a provenance—originally designed by Alfred T. “Hap” Gilman, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright—but it was not in good condition. Still, everyone discerned its “good bones.”
Brad, who got his start in the profession renovating Frank Lloyd Wright houses, was perfectly suited to bringing Mariposa House back to life. Indeed, he made it better than it ever was. The filter for any change was to maximize those indoor-outdoor connections.
To wit, an original fireplace in the living room had to come down—it blocked the best views. Its stone was repurposed to mend other piers in disrepair. Concrete floors with failing radiant heat had to come up, and Brad replaced them with terrazzo that stretches through the whole 5,600-square-foot house and segues outside as well. New custom walnut cabinetry complements renewed Doug fir beams and tongue-and-groove ceilings.
Behind the scenes, the house received fully updated systems and a seismic retrofit. It is truly better now than it ever was—in every way.
Brininstool + Lynch
Architect: Brad Lynch, principal in charge; Pablo Diaz, project manager; David Mulder, project architect; Sarah Peil Winstead, designer, Brininstool + Lynch, Chicago
Builder: Craig R. Williams Construction, Beverly Hills, California
Interior Designer: Brininstool + Lynch
Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton & Company, Santa Monica, California
Project Size: 5,600 square feet
Site Size: 1.5 acres
Construction Cost: $1,059 per square foot
Photography: Christopher Barrett
Cabinetry: Poliform (kitchen), Antoniolupi (bath), Stay-Straight Mfg. (custom wet bar/storage)
Cladding/Trim: James Hardie HardiePanel, board trim, board-and-batten siding
Cooktop: Pitt Elbrus
Doors/Windows: Caoba, Otiima
Door Hardware: Emtek, SIMONSWERK
Faucets: Dornbracht (kitchen), VOLA, KWC
Lighting: Bega, Louis Poulsen, DMF, Pablo
Lighting Control/Home Control: Lutron
Paints: Benjamin Moore
Thermal/Moisture Barrier: Prosoco
Sinks: Mila (kitchen), NIDO, Just Mfg.
Underlayment/Sheathing: GP DensShield
Wine Refrigerator: Perlick
Plans and Drawings