Project Info

  • Project Name: Capistrano
  • Location Details: Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs, CA
  • House Specs: 1963 Charles Dubois Designed built by the Alexander Construction Company, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom 2700 sq ft.



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Installing new kitchen cabinets with Ceasorstone countertops and incorporating vintage paneled screens not only brought the house into the 21st Century but also paid homage to its mid-century past...

  • This sad house had been recently remodeled in inappropriate aesthetic. Also, known in Palm Springs as an “Alexander Abomination”. Pulling up to the house you could barely see the front door or any of the architecture or any of the original rock or block work. The house had been done via a ‘home improvement’ store and poor choices were made. The client wanted to bring the house to its midcentury glory. A complete remodel and refresh was in order.

  • We stripped the house of its combination of wood and vinyl windows/sliders and replaced them with Low-E Dual paned windows. The kitchen had already been opened up to the living area and the garage had been converted to a family room in the early 1970’s. Installing new kitchen cabinets with Ceasorstone countertops and incorporating vintage paneled screens not only brought the house into the 21st Century but also paid homage to its midcentury past. We created a cascade of concrete steps incorporating an existing boulder to draw visitors to the grand front entry. Simple landscaping and sod showcases the architecture of the house. We changed the path of the previous driveway to divert attention from where the garage door would have been. The house had a lot of outdoor area and converted one side yard into an intimate fire pit sitting area with an adjacent ‘cocktail’ orchard. The other generous side yard was used to create an outdoor bed complete with centered umbrella hole with spectacular sweeping mountain views. An elevated spillway spa was added in the center of the pool to draw your attention to the outdoor space as you entered the front door. Really creating the ultimate in Palm Springs indoor-outdoor living.

    • Palm Springs Home: Midcentury Melds Elements
      Palm Springs Home: Midcentury Melds Elements

      The mid-century home boasts signature Palm Springs style in a total (H3K Design) remodel of a structure built by the original Alexander Construction Company. All-white interiors complemented by pops of color reflect the modernized update of the renovation. Extra details such as a kitchen countertop that appears to be floating in space and a globe-shaped vent over the stove add character to the house. Original details of the 1958 home, including exposed beams, tongue and groove joints and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, pay homage to its historical connection to old Palm Springs architecture.

      by Dominique Fong, The Desert Sun
      July 17, 2014

      Written on Friday, 18 July 2014 19:43
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