Designed for a couple and their two sons, this 7,800-square-foot house is nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac in a private community with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors enter the property along a 50-foot long teak clad wall. Once inside, the house literally opens up to the ocean views and the Southern California climate.
The challenge was to provide gracious and open living spaces despite a restrictive 11-foot height limit imposed by the homeowners association. The solution was to create a series of horizontally expansive spaces underneath a floating horizontal plane supported on stone masses, wood walls and slender steel columns. Oversized sliding glass doors retract completely to dissolve the physical boundaries between the interior and the exterior, creating an uninterrupted flow. An enclosed central courtyard also provides additional space to enjoy the mild climate, and serves as an “outdoor living room.”
The master suite commands a layered view over the swimming pool and of the ocean. The master bath opens onto its own private meditative garden nestled in between the house and the topography behind. A home office, guest and children’s bedrooms open onto the protected central courtyard which features an outdoor kitchen, dining area and koi pond. The extension of the stone floor to the outside along with a composition of teak, concrete and landscaped areas provide a variety of outdoor entertaining and living areas in which to enjoy the Southern California climate.
The garage, health room, storage and service areas are all located in the basement which frees up the entire ground plane for living.