A Multilevel Manhattan Beach Home Enjoys a Handsome, Modern Makeover

Before & after.

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  • Written by
    Darren Elms
  • Photographed by
    Manolo Langis

“It was sort of in the works for years,” shares Greg Bonanni of the recent renovation of the Manhattan Beach home he shares with his wife, Pearl, and their kids. “We had a leak on our deck on the third floor that was a continuous problem for a year whenever it would rain, so we had been thinking about just fixing the deck. But when we priced out what it would’ve cost, with what that would’ve entailed, it would have just been a waste of money. So we decided to entertain the idea of doing a full remodel.”

They collaborated with Luis Murillo of LMD Architecture Studio to create a “modern Montecito” from the existing look. “We wanted it to be comfortable and warm, and that was the objective,” says Greg. “And also to make it really practical, clean and simple.” The couple worked closely with the team, which included contractor KCC Design + Build, Niver Engineering and interior designer Tara Negus.

Some of the biggest changes occurred in the third-floor indoor-outdoor space. A spa feature was added off a bedroom, with a small “surf” area, an outdoor shower and a hot tub. They also covered the patio and added a large sliding door to bridge the two areas. 

A new fireplace offers a cozy spot for the family to gather during cooler months. Adds Greg, “It’s a comfortable spot, and it makes the house feel much bigger. It keeps the house cooler too.” ′