Joyce Flood

Joyce Flood + Associates

505 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 4, Manhattan Beach | 310-376-4797 | |


Describe the featured project. 

This project was designed for Perry and Kathi Colligan and built by Mike Woodcock of MRW Construction. The brand new, single-family home started as a remodel. It had an existing swimming pool that the client wanted to keep. Because of the extent of the remodel, we decided to tear down the house and build a brand new house, which was planned around the pool. 

Since the owners are an active, outdoor-loving family, the goal of the project was to have an indoor/outdoor feeling, which was achieved by having the kitchen, dining area and family room open into the backyard with 12-foot-wide bifold doors. There is also a covered patio for outdoor entertaining that was oriented toward the pool. The idea was to make everything light and airy so the exterior and interior finishes and color are on the beachy side.

Since Kathi loves the coastal look (lots of blues and glass), most of the interiors and finishes are on the light side and were picked by her and Mike. I decided to make the exterior all white to contrast with the dark windows and shutters. The palm frond railings give an extra touch to the coastal look.



How do you distinguish yourself from the competition? 

I pay close attention to the client’s needs, and with my vision and experience I merge the two together. I present to the clients a lot of options in the design of their home, and together we come up with the best solution for their project. I work closely with the clients and the builders and am still around during construction. 


Describe Your Firm’s vernacular. 

My design is functional, catering to clients’ needs. When did you start your business in the South Bay? I started Joyce Flood + Associates in 1996. I have worked in the industry for 30 years.


What makes your firm unique? 

I don’t impose my designs on the clients. I listen to and consider their lifestyle and needs and design around those factors.


How do you keep your clients happy from concept to completion? 

Working closely with them and giving them updates at every phase. I’m always coming up with ideas and maximizing options.




What is interesting about working on homes in the Beach Cities? 

Most of the designs are informal yet functional and geared toward the outdoors. We can make a tight space look spacious by opening up the indoor to the outdoor or vice versa.


What is key to a successful project?

Working with the right builders. It helps to have a good builder realize our vision. I am lucky to work with good builders—they should get credit too.