Architect William Krisel came out of retirement to breathe new life into this Twin Palms home, and make the exterior even more picture perfect!
Krisel designed the home, which was built by the Alexander Construction Company in 1957. It’s tucked into the vibrant and picturesque Twin Palms neighborhood in sunny Palm Springs. Over the years, the home had fallen into neglect and was in need of some work.
When realtor, Twin Palms neighborhood resident, author and Krisel expert Chris Menrad saw the home on the market in late 2011, he envisioned an opportunity to honor the home’s original design while giving it a refresh.
Along came author Heidi Creighton, who bought the home in 2012. While walking through the Twin Palms neighborhood, she came upon this home for sale, knowing right away that it was special. “I bought it from the street,” she says. “I knew it was the one for me.”
Creating a Picture Perfect Exterior
On the exterior, the team gave the home a landscaping facelift, mixing the original design with modern materials. “The most important thing William Krisel did [during the update] was redesign the sun flaps to let in some light and a glimpse of the mountains,” Chris says.
William Krisel added a gap to allow light and views, while maintaining the original design feel of the exterior of the home. “We removed about 3 feet of the tongue-and-groove ceiling that extends out to the eaves,” Chris explains. “It improved the look inside and outside.”
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