Architect: Sim Bruce Richards, 1960

Architect: Architectures Mark Lyons

Designer: Helene Ziman Designs

Engineer: Naraghi Engineers

Builder: J.Walsh Construction


J. Walsh Construction integrates new materials and technologies with old world craftsmanship in this Sim Bruce Richards waterfront home. The complete remodel of this Point Loma Mid-Century Modern expanded the home from a 2600 SF single story to a 3700 SF 2-story with upstairs and downstairs patio areas. The original home was built in 1965 by Richards, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and contains an original fireplace by famed local artist James Hubbell. Working with the home owner and Architect Mark Lyon & Associates, the restoration of the interior and exterior of the home included the complex deconstruction and reconstruction of the existing fabric. JWC dismantled all of the existing siding and interior paneling and trim, labeled it and placed it in a storage facility for re-use. The structure was underpinned with a new foundation and a series of steel columns were installed in place of original wood posts in order to support the second floor. Later on in construction the original materials were re-installed, new siding and paneling was added to match and Hubbell’s fireplace was extended in order to clear the new Master Bedroom balcony.

Restored from top to bottom, this home has been upgraded to include top-of-the-line appliances, smart technology systems, and green materials and still makes use of re-purposed materials. The kitchen is appointed with contemporary ceramic tile and Caesarstone quartz countertops, a farm-style sink and custom zebra wood cabinets. The open floor plan exemplifies the current return to past architectural style by employing wide passages throughout the main living area. Exposed beams and large picture windows allow natural light and extraordinary bay views to counter balance the vaulted wood ceiling and wood-paneled walls. Contemporary furniture, light fixtures and home accessories also complement a clean design which continues throughout the second floor in the form of large windows, light-colored walls, open beam ceilings, decorative tile, and spacious bathrooms. The overall effect is a functional integration of today’s modern lifestyle and conveniences with yesterday’s Mid-Century Modern architecture.