Craftsman-Japanese design fusion

After renting their home to tenants who neglected it, the homeowners, who had been in Tokyo for five years, decided to remodel. They wanted to embrace the Craftsman style while incorporating Japanese influences from their time abroad. The major challenge was the structural support needed to open the kitchen to the living room. A bathroom was removed between the rooms to support a beam; two columns were integrated into the island of the kitchen. The beams and columns were clad in cherry veneer, characteristic of the Craftsman style.
Project location: La Cresenta, Calif.
Contractor: Custom Design & Construction, El Segundo, Calif.