Family Home Westwood Los Angeles
An original 1947 California bungalow situated on a hill overlooking downtown Los Angeles, was remodelled for a young family, retaining the existing shell and adding a new storey.
Having worked in the States for 11 years, and with a strong grasp of the California timber frame construction style, Leon was able to work with and retain much of the original house, while ensuring that the new additions were in keeping with the original bungalow.
The client provided extensive information regarding the site, the existing house and the context. Communicating by email with photographs, sketches and 3D modelling, we were able to respond sensitively with an appropriate design without visiting the site.
‘The level of detail design provided for the construction of this family home is remarkable, given that the site and our office are on opposite sides of the world.’
The brief called for opening up a previously constrained layout of spaces, creating a generous ground floor living space to suit the client’s relaxed lifestyle, and designed to maximise flow and visual connection between the spaces.
Our concept of an oversized sliding door which separates the adjoining children’s bedrooms, has influenced the way in which the children interact, play and live together, and remains open most of the time.
Among the features specially designed for the home are the slatted timber railings for the long winding staircase up to the house from the street, and bespoke built-in joinery and freestanding pieces designed to display the client’s framed photographs and graphic design work.
The level of detail design provided for the construction of this family home is remarkable, given that the site and our office are on opposite sides of the world.