Lucinda and David Schiff's home is a classic 1920s hacienda in Pacific Palisades designed by architect John Byers for the actor Lionel Atwill. The problem: Previous owners made additions that spoiled its simplicity. With help from a team of designers, the Schiffs have finished remodeling, redecorating and relandscaping the property in a way that's functional, fitting to their taste yet respectful of the original design. Architect Lewin Wertheimer installed French doors leading from the courtyard up to the living room, brightening the interior while greatly improving the appearance of the house from the outside.
Before the recently completed renovation, the house had a hodgepodge of entryways and a New England-style bay window that stuck out like a sore thumb
The facade is cleaner and less confused. An elevated concrete terrace punctuated with upright posts looks contemporary but also echoes the original hacienda columns on the front porch of the house. The pool was shortened into a standard rectangle, freeing up more space for seating. That's homeowner Lucinda Schiff walking around the new spa, trailed by her Havanese terrier, Castro.
Back to the hacienda: a 1920s home revived for a new century - latimes.com