Bayshore Drive Residence is a truly stunning custom home that has been designed by studio Brandon Architects, who worked in conjunction with Patterson Custom Homes, situated in the exclusive Bay Shores coastal community in Newport Beach, California. This two story residence is comprised of 3,200 square feet with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, situated on a typical rectangular lot. Views of the harbor are available from the roof level, so the program incorporated a large exterior roof-top deck, complete with a built in BBQ, spa, and fire-pit. The project is a traditional Colonial/Greek Revival design, including ample indoor/outdoor living spaces integrated with a modern open living plan which maximizes natural light and ventilation in living spaces as well as outdoor patios, decks and balconies.
Photos: Courtesy of Patterson Custom Homes
Westridge Residence is a single story 1950s California Ranch style home, which was given a complete overhaul by Montalba Architects in Los Angeles, California. The home is nestled hillside, capturing 270-degree views of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. The architects found inspiration in the mostly covered-over details of the existing structure -a high exposed-beam ceiling in the living room and brick walls – and re-imagined these for an open, flowing series of rooms that a modern family could enjoy. The stone fireplace was replaced with white brick and numerous partitions removed to create a single, free-flowing living / family / kitchen area. The interior design of this spectacular home was carried out by Thinkpure.
The roofline was raised over the entirety of the house and clerestories, skylights, and full-height glass doors added to bring in additional natural light. A bright and reflective material palette – white brick, Carrara marble, glass tile, terrazzo, and oak – is used throughout to visually expand the space and pay homage to the original mid-century character. The sandblasted concrete hardscape, including a new spa and fire feature, is terraced to accommodate the hillside, and complimented by sustainable plantings and fruit trees. The terraces operate as extensions of the interior public spaces, creating a series of indoor-outdoor rooms.
The lifted ceiling and custom two-sided stone fireplace create a continuous great room between the living and dining areas and main garden.
Floor to ceiling windows combine with natural ipe decks and rooftop rock gardens to extend view corridors and habitable areas at the south and west elevations.
The newly-added second story offers a separated haven for extended family, including mini-kitchen and secondary family room. Light-colored, beach-inspired materials such as white-washed oak floors, white stone, teak millwork, and ocean-toned glass tiles transform the home into a tranquil, airy Southern California retreat.
Photos: John Linden Photography
Net Zero Energy House is modern two-level home completed in 2011 by Klopf Architecture, situated in Cupertino, California. The goal of this project was to score as high as reasonably possible in the “GreenPoint Rated System”. The owners de-constructed their existing home when they realized that any single-story design would completely eliminate their back yard. They wanted the design to be a contemporary interpretation of Eichler in style yet keep their single story neighborhood happy. They wanted to maintain their privacy but also wanted a design that was open and light-filled.
The solution: directed openness, low profile and net-zero energy. The site is a cul-de-sac lot which was the not large enough for a single-story home that would fit the needs of these owners who both work from home. They wanted this to be their “final” residence so Klopf needed to design a larger-than-normal home to suit their lifestyle needs. Instead of adding a second story (and annoying the neighbors) they opted for a partially-submerged lower level that Klopf designed furthest from a basement as possible (with a pulled-back floor plate, a light-filled “atrium” and a lower level light well).
To preserve privacy and bring in light while minimizing unwanted solar heat gain and provide connection to nature, the design team oriented a large window wall north to the back yard while sloping the ceiling of the great room up to increase the light and connection to nature. The sloping roof also provided a surface suitable for mounting the 13.4 kW PV system compared to other building faces that have smaller, punched windows that maximize privacy. The owners were very concerned about the environment, specifically about energy and resource efficiency. They directed Klopf to use materials that would last as long as possible while avoiding “food for termites” and design a high-performance sustainable home.
In conjunction with the Mechanical Engineer they designed a net-zero energy home featuring insulated concrete forms (ICFs), structural insulated panels (SIPs), high-performance windows, cementitious siding, and a 13.4 kW solar Photovoltaic (PV) system sized to cover all the energy use in the house. The new open and light-filled house offers a connection to nature while maintaining privacy. Natural gas would not be used in the home with the possible exception of a backyard BBQ.
Photos: Mariko Reed
Pebble Beach Residence is a clean and modern weekend retreat designed by BAR Architects, located a few hundred feet from the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, in Pebble Beach, California. The home is positioned below the 18th fairway of the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, designed to take every advantage of its unique and dramatic location.
The home reflects the owner’s interest for a clean, contemporary home and is designed to feel like the most luxurious spa in the world. All the primary rooms of the house are arranged along the 18th fairway with views through stone colonnades of the expansive Pacific – from Point Lobos to the northern-most point of Carmel Bay.
The house includes large living, dining and kitchen spaces with exterior spaces for entertaining. The primary exterior building materials of cut limestone, titanium and teak are also used throughout the interior of the house to emphasize the connection between the interior spaces and the exterior resort setting.
Stone Residence is a house and guest house composition of iconic shed volumes designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture, sited between Highway 1 to the East and the end of a cul-de-sac to the West in San Francisco, California. The Eastern facade lends a sense of privacy and protection from the highway, with a smaller entrance, high windows, and thickened wall. The exposed framing of the thickened wall creates a floor to ceiling feature for books in the living room. The Western facade, with large glass barn doors and generous windows, opens the house to the garden, The Sea Ranch, and the ocean beyond. Connecting the two facades, an enclosed central porch serves as a dual entrance and favorite gathering space. With its pizza oven and easy indoor/outdoor connections, the porch becomes an outdoor kitchen, an extension of the main living space, and the heart of the house.
Photos: Courtesy of Malcolm Davis Architecture
The Walnut Residence, designed by Modal Design, is located in Venice, California, a beachside community characterized by small lots, an eclectic mix of architecture and a unique blend of personality. This is a low-maintenance, multi-generational home for the principal architects parents, his family, his brother’s children and their many pets. While the tight square footage of the lot and an existing tree constrained the organizational possibilities of the home, the connection to the community, the need for privacy and security, and interest in natural lighting, offered endless possibilities. The 2,700 square foot, three bedroom, single family residence draws upon the site and context for inspiration with a highly efficient layout and indoor-0utdoor connections.
The home is carefully sited to preserve an old-growth pine in the rear yard, which provides generous shade to the main living space and serves as an organizational hub for the exterior program. An exterior Cor-ten wrapper juxtaposes the order and tidiness of the interior and offers a dynamic expression of the client’s tastes and character and lends an almost sculptural quality to the structure. To minimize the building’s impact, efficient design practices and sustainable systems are used throughout.
On the first floor, an open plan flows from living to kitchen to outdoors in one linear motion. Concrete floors, dark-colored furniture and large open spaces negate any need for delicate care, instantly putting everyone at ease.
There kitchen features ample storage areas along the 70-foot long walnut wall-slash-cabinet. The refrigerator, kitchen items and other goods easily disappear into the wall when not in use. The nonporous, stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant Caesarstone countertops make for easy cleanup.
Trex was used on the deck outside, made from recycled plastic and waste wood. The deck is weather-resistant and will never need painting or staining.
The office offers generous views of the backyard, pool and Jacuzzi.
The Cor-ten steel curtain punched with holes keeps the home’s sense of privacy while allowing copious amounts of light to shine through to the interior.
The circular cutouts are re-purposed into a staircase balustrade that adds an artistic element to the home.
The quality of light changes all throughout the year. During the winter, the shadows created by the circles climb up the entire wall of a room; during the summer, they only reach up to the floor. The panels also have a cooling effect, shading the rooms from the sun’s hot rays.
The stone pine tree reveals itself from the backyard looking over the Venice neighborhood. Its canopy stretches over the first floor of the home and can be glimpsed by the skylights placed strategically above the living area.
Before the family purchased this property, it was in the sorriest of states. It was home to a rundown 1920s dwelling piled high with trash and on its last legs. “We walked in for a minute and had to walk back out to get a breath of air then walk back in. It was really thick and moldy—really bad,” states the homeowner of walking through the original home.
Photos: Benny Chan
Ski Slope Residence is a sensational rustic mountain retreat that just underwent an extensive and exquisite remodel designed by High Camp Home in Truckee, California. The home is comprised of 3,606 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms and three baths plus a bunk loft above the pool table room. This custom home is full of reclaimed barnwood, custom iron work, iron fixtures and stacked stone fireplaces, all with breathtaking and panoramic views of Donner Lake. The residence was featured in the February 2009 cover of Tahoe Quarterly as the Award Winning remodel of the year.
Photos: Courtesy of High Camp Home
355 Mansfield is a modern rustic collaboration of Asian influence and California lifestyle, designed by Amit Apel Design, located in Los Angeles, California. This 5 bedroom and 5.25 baths 1,683 square foot home sold for $3 million, clearly setting the high-water mark for this matured neighborhood. On entering, enjoy the welcome of bold colors and contrasting materials inviting you to cleanse your mind’s eye and explore the artful display of lines, shapes and mass integrated into a warm and livable abode.
As you pass through the grid-glass entry door you witness the openness of a livable space yet well defined areas for living, eating and kitchen prep.
The use of Japanese style plant separators, step-up floor to the kitchen and precision lines and surfaces make for an enjoyable eating, living and relaxing life. The master chef will love the ease of food preparation in this spacious kitchen with extensive work area and storage space while the family and guests enjoy the open eating and living areas with Japanese style grid windows that retract to take them outdoors while inside.
The outdoor yard is enhanced with Japanese style landscaping to create the privacy wanted while also enjoying the California spa.
Float up the stairs to the second level and relish the light and airy environment of bedroom and bathroom spaces.
The spacious master bedroom has an inviting yet private balcony, a bathroom with modern fixtures worthy of an art display, and a bonus escape for intimate conversation or simple relaxation to end the day.
Three additional bedrooms offer no less than the same quality design existent throughout.
Photos: Courtesy of Amit Apel Design
Palo Alto Residence is a warm and inviting, transitional style home that has been designed by Coddington Design, situated in Silicon Valley, California. The home features a Mediterranean facade, which, upon entry presents a sophisticated mix of family heirlooms, custom furniture and refined fabrics. Highlights include a functional cook’s kitchen, stunning contemporary art collection and a onyx and laser cut tile master bathroom.
Redesigned fireplace, custom area rug, hand printed roman shade fabric and Coddington designed coffee table.
This contemporary living room features a Troscan Hyde wing chair, Matthews and Parker coffee table in an antique silver finish, fire screen and contemporary art by John DiPaolo.
This kitchen remodel features hand-cast cabinet hardware, custom backsplash tile and beautiful island pendants.
The breakfast area showcases a Coddington-designed chandelier and breakfast table with contemporary art by Robert Kingston.
The redesigned master bathroom features custom laser-cut floor tile and beautiful honey onyx accents on the walls and in the floor tile. Contemporary art is by Sherie Frannsen.
Features custom shower curtain and medicine cabinet, Ann Sacks tile.
Features custom shower curtain and vanity.
Saratoga Creek House is a two story contemporary property that has been designed by WA Design, nestled on a two acre woodland site in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Saratoga, a city in Santa Clara County, California. The home is comprised of 7,000 square feet of living space, designed for a technology company executive and his wife. The property is shaded by mature heritage oaks, their dense canopies almost closing over the southern portion of the site. Defining the eastern edge of the property is a meandering seasonal creek. The creek is nearly dry in the heat of summer but swells to a rambunctious flow with the arrival of the winter rains. The riparian habitat along the creek is one of the strongest assets of the site. Dense growths of miner’s lettuce, native juncus, and bay trees crowd the water’s edge. The home is a response to the goals of preserving and enhancing the presence of the existing oak woodland and seasonal creek.
A series of roof vaults defines the various distinct yet interconnected volumes that comprise this large residence south of San Francisco. This distinction is increased by the use of various claddings — concrete, stone, rainscreen systems — towards breaking up the house into smaller parts and creating a variety of exterior and interior zones.
The house massing is a set of smaller structures interconnected by glassed-in walks and vaulted roof structures that wind through the oak canopy, responding in plan to the requirements of the protected driplines. Courtyards and outdoor spaces unite the house and landscape. The pool, pool house, and adjoining patio all step down a gentle slope to meet the large grass playfield to the north. The field is bordered by a cleaved granite walk that mimics the shape of the creek edge, effectively transposing the form of the creek itself onto the higher land. At the southern end of this path is a sculpture patio. The nine-foot-tall serpentine sculpture we designed is derived from the actual shape of the creek as it traverses the property.
The clients were deeply engaged in the design process and allowed us to raise the bar on finishes, landscaping, and details for this house. We designed a drop soffit of sheet bronze for the sections of the house with vaulted ceilings. The bronze reflects the adjacent exterior gardens during the day and adds a warm glow at night. We designed a unique, freestanding staircase with glass treads that becomes the centerpiece of the home’s circulation.
A modern palette of materials including swiss pearf cladding and fundermax siding enhance the strong presence of the house as it sits in its lush surrounding. Natural stone, concrete, plaster, and Wallnut wood are some other materials that make up the dynamic mix of materials on the interior.
White cement panel siding was selected to brighten the deep shade under the oak canopy. Zinc standing-seam roofing and a custom wood window system fill out the palette of materials on the exterior. Natural stone, concrete, plaster, bronze, and dark hardwoods combine in a rich palette of color and texture in the home’s interior. A high level of design went into almost every interior detail and required the skills of many of the Bay Area’s finest craftspeople to execute successfully.
Photos: Courtesy of WA Design