Ardmore Residence: A Coastal Cottage’s Modern Makeover

Experience the Ardmore Residence, a 1951 Hermosa Beach cottage, reborn under Ballentine Architects. This two-phase renovation marries the original charm with modern sophistication, featuring an open-concept layout and a striking blend of natural elements and contemporary finishes. A true exemplar of coastal modern design, the Ardmore Residence redefines beachside living.

Open-plan living room and kitchen with modern decor and large windows.

Modern indoor-outdoor kitchen with bar stools and open layout.

Modern open-plan living space with kitchen, living area, and outdoor deck.


Modern living room with minimalist furniture and open kitchen.

Modern living room with sleek furniture and large TV on wood panel wall.

Modern living room with open-plan design, large windows, and minimalist decor.


Modern kitchen interior with marble island and wooden cabinetry.

Modern kitchen with a marble island, wood cabinets, and dining area in the background

Modern dining room with wooden table, chairs, and minimalist decor.

Modern dining room with large table, abstract art, and garden view.

Modern interior with wooden floors, large round mirror, and minimalist furniture.

Modern living room with wooden slat partition, circular mirror, and minimalist furnishings.

Modern bathroom with white freestanding tub, herringbone wood floor, and

Modern open-plan living room with kitchen and seamless indoor-outdoor flow.

Modern backyard patio with open living space, wooden deck, and white furnishings.

Modern house with white walls, a wooden garage door, and a palm tree.

About Ardmore Residence

Reviving the Ardmore Residence

Ballentine Architects masterfully transformed the 1951 Ardmore Residence, a quintessential beach cottage. This comprehensive renovation unfolded in two distinct phases. Initially, the focus was on modernizing the floor plan and finishes. Subsequently, the team added a fully engineered second story, elevating the cottage’s charm and functionality.

Phase One: Foundation for Modernization

The first phase proceeded with minimal impact on the existing structure, paving the way for the second story’s addition. Key elements like structural engineering, finishes, fenestration, and the first-floor layout received meticulous attention and design.

Moreover, the client’s desire for an open-concept floor plan brought a significant enhancement to the home’s livability. Consequently, the kitchen and living room now open onto a natural wood deck through panoramic bi-fold doors. This design creates an expansive outdoor area, perfect for al fresco dining and relaxation. Additionally, modern touches like a central board-formed wall, Taj-Majal quartzite, and custom oak millwork now adorn the home, blending modern luxury with coastal ease.

Photography courtesy of Ballentine Architects

Visit Ballentine Architects

– by Matt Watts