One of the main things that is neglected in the existing design of the house and should be considered in this renovation is the beautiful and private garden around the house and this is done by replacing the current openings with full height windows wherever possible to maximize the physical and/or visual flow of the interior space to the garden.
In the living room and dining room, the current windows are replaced with sliding glass-door systems (see samples of existing systems here:http://www.nanawall.com/photolibrary/project_detail/Pasadena-Residence/65489# , http://www.nanawall.com/photolibrary/project_detail/Menlo-Park-Home/65472#.UhGchaKQZEM ). This allows maximum view and direct access from these two spaces to the garden which makes them perfect spot for parties, considering the perfect Bel Air weather all year round, to slide all doors open and extend the space, enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful garden and even serve food outside.
[b]New bedroom:[/b] with the new enclosed space added between the walk-in-closet and the existing bedroom, a new bedroom with walk-in-closet can perfectly fit leaving enough space for the master bedroom to have a walk-in-closet as well. The angled wall between the two bedrooms, divides the area perfectly between the two bedrooms while adding a touch of modern architecture. Floor to ceiling windows in these bedrooms as well, brings in natural light and provides access and view to the garden.
[b]Kitchen: [/b]the space at the back of the kitchen where there is a fridge and some cabinets now, would be better used as a breakfast area in the kitchen by moving the fridge to the other corner of the kitchen next to the living room, replacing the old cabinets with high quality shelves and opening a skylight in the ceiling.