Designer Mark Cutler, principal of Los Angeles-based Mark Cutler Design, set out to achieve casual elegance when designing for the family of this Santa Monica home. Inspired by the texture and tone of elements from the beach nearby, Cutler collaborated on the remodel of this 1960s residence with architect William Hefner. The two-year-long project involved a redesign of all four levels, a basement, the exteriors and, of course, the pool.
"The house is on Santa Monica Beach,” says Cutler. “It went from being a rundown beach shack to a European stone house.” The pool and Jacuzzi as well as the exterior landscaping were updated with a grid-like pattern in grass interspersed with stone slabs. The sandy beach and ocean beyond can be seen at the length’s end of the pool, where two sets of gates, one glass and the other wood, create a separation from the beach.
Cutler and his team decided to elevate the home and create a basement under the existing house that allowed for a bar and additional bathroom to be built where the family could wash up from a day spent outdoors then relax. It was important for the clients to have a space for entertaining in the casual and welcoming way that is expected when at the beach. By selecting materials including stone walls, granite countertops, and industrial wood and iron counter stools, Cutler created a fitting but unexpected combination of rustic meets beach modern. And that talent for masterful mixing is what the Australian-born designer does so well.