A modernist opus reminiscent of the "Case Study" homes of the 1950s and 60s, this single story post and beam gem is nestled in a tight-knit Southern California seaside community. As is typical for this area, real estate is at a premium value and yards are therefore very limited. The existing structure is a courtyard layout which captures unbuilt site area in an inner courtyard ... essentially creating a private outdoor "room".
Richard's client - an aficionado of modern architecture and talented designer himself, saw remodeling opportunities in the existing structure which could enhance the indoor/outdoor living afforded by the famous Southern California climate and improve the home's livability. The owner was deeply concerned that the changes he desired, be executed in a manner consistent with the existing Mid-Century aesthetic. With a "Less Is More" approach lead by the owner, the team sought to “extend” the home's underlying simple beauty and crisp lines while creating more room-room openness and greater courtyard connectedness to the living room, master bedroom and home office. Warm natural stone flooring and new Douglas Fir sliding doors provide an uninterrupted indoor/outdoor spatial flow to the courtyard, while Kirkstone countertops, maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances punctuate the modern elegance.