The project consists of a new two-story, single family residence. The home includes four upstairs bedrooms, each with it’s own bathroom and a small maid’s room or guest room on the first floor. The first floor includes a gourmet kitchen, laundry, living room, dining room and powder room.

The design of the home is based on a traditional Spanish style home. This being the predominant style in the neighborhood was a logical choice for our client. This was a challenge for us as our designs are contemporary in aesthetic and philosophy. However, we set out early in the process researching early Spanish style designs in Southern California as well as Iberian Hill towns. Irvin Gill and the Iberian Peninsula hill towns became our source of inspiration, we particularly liked the clean lines of Gill and the massing of the hill towns.

The floor plan was organized around a central staircase with a large skylight and decorative wood cross beams. This reflects the Spanish courtyard buildings by providing illumination and organization to the home. The ground floor plan is an open plan which emphasizes the relationship between the living, cooking and eating areas. The kitchen and living room open up to the rear garden with a wood trellis that is attached to the house. The master bedroom suite also has an elevated terrace with a second trellis overlooking the garden. The interior finish materials were selected in collaboration with Studio Maglia an interior consultant hired by the owner. Dark walnut was chosen for the wood floors while travertine and earth tone tiles were selected for the kitchen and bathrooms. Natural plaster walls were used on the exterior and textured drywall inside. The fireplace was clad in Venetian plaster and adorned with glazed Spanish tile trim matching the stair treads.

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