A mod beach house for sis

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Jan• 15•08

Gunningexterior091Sleek and customized, a ground-up remodel transforms a tiny ocean-view lot.

When architect Robert Nebolon started sketching out ideas for his sister’s tear-down and rebuild in south Hermosa Beach, he felt pretty confident that his design would meet the needs of her family — despite the challenging 30-by-50-foot lot they had to work with.

But he was also a little anxious about doing a good job because he knew their four siblings and other relatives and friends would be watching.

“I didn’t want to screw up in front of the whole family,” said Nebolon, 48.

But Barbara Gunning, 42, never doubted her big brother could create a house right for her, her husband, Joe, 42, and their two daughters.

Even though Nebolon lives in Berkeley, he had spent enough time with his sister and her family to have a sense of their Southern California lifestyle — fun, social, vigorous, beachy yet sophisticated.

“I trusted Robert,” said Barbara, who moved her family into the airy house with ocean views a year ago. “He knew.”

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(Photo: David Duncan Livingston)

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