Face-lift turns doctor's office into a couple's modern retreat

The building was constructed in 1950 in the <a href="http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/neighborhood/westlake/"> Westlake neighborhood</a> of Los Angeles, on the outskirts of downtown. The building belonged to a prominent gynecologist who sold it to three doctors in the mid-'60s. Once they moved out, the building was leased to a chiropractor. In 2004, Dan Nadeau and D.J. Peterson bought the commercial space to convert it to living quarters and a studio where Nadeau, then an artist and graphic designer, could meet with clients.<br>
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Pictured here: A dining deck outside the front door, protected by shade sails and surrounded by aromatic lavender and rosemary. The dining chairs are from <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/">Ikea</a>; a glazed ceramic urn from <a href="http://www.sunsetblvdnursery.com/">Sunset Boulevard Nursery</a> was turned into a fountain.
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( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times )

The building was constructed in 1950 in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, on the outskirts of downtown. The building belonged to a prominent gynecologist who sold it to three doctors in the mid-'60s. Once they moved out, the building was leased to a chiropractor. In 2004, Dan Nadeau and D.J. Peterson bought the commercial space to convert it to living quarters and a studio where Nadeau, then an artist and graphic designer, could meet with clients.

Pictured here: A dining deck outside the front door, protected by shade sails and surrounded by aromatic lavender and rosemary. The dining chairs are from Ikea; a glazed ceramic urn from Sunset Boulevard Nursery was turned into a fountain.

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