The remodeled Pacific Beach property features a large courtyard traversed by a floating entryway ramp, enjoyed here by Marc’s dog. Solar panels top the portal, while its structural red rectangles hint at the red beams inside the home. The siding is ipe shiplap.
Red — its intensity often associated with energy, love and good fortune — entices visitors through a recently remodeled Pacific Beach property that combines high-tech amenities with Mid-century Modern style. It starts at the curb, where a red door flanked by coral trees with showy red flowers stands out against a privacy wall of concrete, glass and ipe shiplap siding. Just beyond lies a xeriscaped front yard. A trio of red rectangles gird a floating walkway topped with solar panels. Inside, red steel I-beams and columns frame what is perhaps the 4,100-square-foot-home’s greatest attraction: a lofty, 180-degree view of the city skyline and Pacific Ocean.
Before the remodel by architect Mark Silva, the 1950s-era home had open-beam wood ceilings that sloped downward toward the back of the house, cutting off the optimal view. At the suggestion of homeowner Marc Linkjendal, he created a butterfly roof to invert the slant. Mark capitalized on the new angles by incorporating expanses of glass, with butt-joint glazed corner windows; LaCantina folding doors; and, in the master bedroom, an assortment of irregularly shaped windows that slope with the roofline while artfully showcasing the branches of a lemon eucalyptus tree outside. “This house isn’t even a shadow of its former self,” Marc says. “No, it’s much better,” Mark concurs. “We turned it into what it wanted to be.”
With the use of three-dimensional architectural computer modeling, Mark designed the home to maximize its view of the blue horizon. “You can see the horizon right through the building,” he says. Glass railings enclose the home’s three large decks and the stairway that connects them. The effect of sunlight through the various panes is prismatic, casting brilliant hues across the home as the sun moves across the sky. Sunsets, the clouds and the ocean inspired some of the color choices inside the home, as did a model-home tour in Palm Springs with interior designer Anita Dawson.
While the continuity of rough-hewn concrete, slatted wood, 30-inch ceramic tile and white walls set a foundation for the design, Anita developed a playful palette meant to reference but not mimic Palm Springs Mid-century Modern homes. The red beams add a layer of color complexity to turquoise and teal elements, she says. “These are not really easy colors to mix. They’re not complementary. They’re not directly across the color wheel,” Anita says. “It’s a little more sophisticated to bring in some orange and some red together, some turquoise and some teal together. But it basically all kind of spun out of that traditional mid-century house.” Living room décor includes a pair of red-orange Good Egg swivel chairs by Thayer Coggin in front of a suspended, turquoise fireplace. “I love those chairs. They are so happy,” Anita says.
The open floor plan blends the living room, dining room and kitchen. The latter offers the simplicity of a bright white back-drop. A tranché-finished, black granite island introduces a dark accent. But the eye-catching elements are the turquoise in glass-fronted cabinets and a few ornamental tiles amid the retro-style backsplash of rounded rectangles. Appliance garages hide any clutter. Top-of-the-line appliances from Thermador and Miele complete the look. Technology was a big part of the home’s remodel. Crestron automation controls the lights, security cameras, thermostat, window shades and music throughout the home from a touch-screen panel in the dining area or from Marc’s smart phone. LED lights and solar panels over the walk-way and on the roof help reduce the home’s energy usage.
Marc, who has a background in residential real estate sales, says the two-year remodel has inspired him to consider other roles in the real estate industry. He stepped in as project manager on the makeover when the original contractor fell behind schedule. And amid the construction process, he decided he could get more value from the beach-view home if he leased out the lower level as a short-term vacation rental. “I’m venturing into high-end rentals,” says Marc, who has a second home in Palm Springs. “I cut my teeth on this house, andI would like to do more.” Marc lives on the upper level of his Pacific Beach home, which has three bed-rooms and three-and-a-half baths, while he rents out the two-bedroom, one-bath lower level. Vacationers have their own side-gate access and full use of the lower decks and hot tub. “This is just a neat, neat house,” he says. “I feel blessed to live here and to have been able to do this."