The clients for this Los Angeles project were a young and growing family in-need of new spaces to accommodate additional family members, while living on a steep hillside.
The design embraces the challenging terrain by extending itself out into the sloping landscape. By doing so, the 2-story layout emerges from the hillside as the slope of the soils descends toward a stream, enabling multiple access points from inside of the home directly to the outdoors, making this otherwise unusable site useful and family friendly.
The design doubled the size of the existing home while maintaining its modest sense of place. The original understated cottage maintains its intimacy from the street view - only revealing its true grandeur unfolding before ones very eyes as one moves through the home front to rear.
The interior design features an abundance of inter-spatial connectedness, openness to the surrounding eucalyptus grove, naturally finished interior woods and a series of high spaces culminating in a unique 2-story master suite overlooking a dell.
The exterior styling is a modern interpretation inspired by the existing modest English Cottage to which this addition attached.