Photo by Ryan Garvin, original photo on Houzz

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Once this couple found land in Corona del Mar, a charming coastal neighborhood of Newport Beach, they wanted plenty of curb appeal to go with it. The homeowners hired Brandon Architects to visualize a new home with a two-story plan that would embrace comfortable materials inside and out.

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Houzz at a Glance

  • Location: Corona del Mar neighborhood of Newport Beach, California
  • Size: 3,341 square feet; four bedrooms,  4 1/2 bathrooms
  • Designers: Brandon Architects and Patterson Custom Homes

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The exterior features whitewashed brick and Douglas fir, materials that continue inside to inform the interior palette, giving the home a fluid look and feel.

In the living room, the same Douglas fir wood found on the exterior appears on the fireplace surround, which is accented by a limestone mantel. The exterior brick also continues inside. The narrow lot and home dictated sparse interior detailing and furnishings to ensure a comfortable, airy feel.

Mantel: Materials Marketing; furniture: Restoration Hardware

In the nearby dining space, a portion of the wood-wrapped exterior wall carries inside to create a feature wall and add warmth.

A 50-inch mesh linear light hangs above the dining table, punctuating a subtle industrial style that’s found in the kitchen as well. Contemporary Chandeliers for Above the Dining Table.

Chandelier: riveted mesh rectangular chandelier, Restoration Hardware; table and chairs: Restoration Hardware

A coastal palette of whites, woods and blues ties together the open floor plan, as does the continuous run of lightly stained white oak planks.

Cabinet paint: Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore; pendants: Harmon pendants, Restoration Hardware

A blue, custom range hood centers the kitchen. Shelves float on a backsplash of 2-by-4-inch field tiles with a crackle glaze. A 13-foot oak island topped in white Caesarstone offers plenty of seating. Center Your Kitchen With a Statement Range Hood.

Countertops: Haze, Caesarstone; sink: farmhouse style, Rohl

To get the right look for the brick, Christopher Brandon, the architect, and the team from Patterson Custom Homes had to pull a few time-consuming tricks. They couldn’t find brick veneer products that offered an authentic style the homeowners were going for. So they cut real bricks into 1½ -to-2-inch thick pieces, then acid washed them to create a custom veneer.

Light: Elegance in Lighting

In an upstairs hallway, strategically placed skylights light the path to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

A small powder bathroom gets a big design punch with charcoal gray Moroccan field tiles.

Mirror: Paloma, Pottery Barn

Douglas fir makes another cameo in the master bathroom. Graphic, custom concrete floor tiles add a neutral pattern in black, white and gray. Punch Up Your Design Style With Mosaic Tile.

Tub: Victoria + Albert; faucets: Kohler

A three-panel sliding glass door serves as the main wall in the vaulted master bedroom, which overlooks the front yard. Brandon designed this room to have a deep recess “to allow for more privacy and and less noise and light pollution from the frequently traveled street in the front,” he says.

Builder: Patterson Custom Homes

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