2021 RDAA | Renovation | Mariposa House | Brininstool + Lynch

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
Mariposa House
Malibu, California

Project Credits

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

Key Products

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

Dishwasher/Ovens/Refrigerator/Freezer: Gaggenau

Doors/Windows: Caoba, Otiima

Door Hardware: Emtek, SIMONSWERK

Drywall: USG

Faucets: Dornbracht (kitchen), VOLA, KWC

HVAC: Daikin

Lighting: Bega, Louis Poulsen, DMF, Pablo

Lighting Control/Home Control: Lutron

Paints: Benjamin Moore

Thermal/Moisture Barrier: Prosoco

Toilets: TOTO

Tubs: Kohler

Sinks: Mila (kitchen), NIDO, Just Mfg.

Underlayment/Sheathing: GP DensShield

Wine Refrigerator: Perlick



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