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St. Andrews Square ADU

Vernetti family ADU compliments their 1916 St. Andrews Square Craftsman Bungalow. (photo by Yoshi Makino)


When local restaurateur Steve Vernetti and his wife Joanna decided they needed more space for their growing teens, they turned to David Thompson, a friend and architect who had helped the couple create their beloved Larchmont Italian restaurant, Vernetti. The timing was perfect.

Thompson and his team at Assembledge+ had recently been invited to consider design ideas that would help address LA’s housing crisis by Los Angeles Magazine. Their solution focused on incentivizing homeowners to build additional dwelling units, (ADUs) to help house more people in residential neighborhoods. The Vernetti’s ADU provided a perfect opportunity to test drive Thompson’s concepts.

The stunning result has been featured in several magazine including Dwell, AN Interior Magazine, and Dezeen Magazine.


The ADU fits in the backyard along side the historic bungalow. The pathway of pavers and stone allow water to percolate into the ground. (photo by Yoshi Makino)


Sliding doors open the ADU out to the garden. The landscape design was done by Mike Martinez of Outer Spaces. (photo by Yoshi Makino)


The kitchen area in the ADU (photo by Yoshi Makino)


Bedroom on the second floor of the ADU. (photo by Yoshi Makino)


Bathroom on the second floor of the ADU. (photo by Yoshi Makino)


The Vernettis have lived in their 1916 craftsman style bungalow for more than 20 years and they wanted something that would fit the architectural style of the neighborhood.

As we toured the house and ADU earlier this week with Steve, he was quick to credit Joanna for the major design choices, selection of materials and colors.  Joanna, a television producer, was also a strong collaborator with Thompson in the redesign of the restaurant. Both projects make maximum use of small, historic spaces.

Steve pointed out the mahogany wood details in the family’s dining room, which inspired the reproduction cabinets in the kitchen, were crafted by Italian carpenters who had come to Los Angeles to work on several other homes in the neighborhood at the time.


The Vernettis’ 1916 St. Andrews Square Bungalow where the family has lived for more than 20 years.



In addition to the ADU, the Verenettis created a master bedroom with another bathroom.  The master bedroom doors lead out to the garden and the stylistically distinct but complimentary ADU. The cost the entire project was under $600,000.


Doors from the master bedroom lead to the garden and the ADU. (photo by Yoshi Makino)
A new deck made from Ipe wood and a metal trellis replace an a deck and trellis Steve built years ago. (photo by Yoshi Makino)
ADU doors slide open connecting the backyard of the house and ADU, ideal for entertaining in both places. (photo by Yoshi Makino)


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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