Residence Santa Monica, CA
The house is located in the beach community of Santa Monica, California.This unique vibrant neighborhood full of amenities within walking distance is attracting young professional families. The project consists of a new 6,000 square foot home on three levels, including a livable basement with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a playroom, storage and mechanical rooms and a sub-level courtyard,. The ground floor includes a large open great room which combines the living room, dining and kitchen into an indoor / outdoor family space. There is also a guest suite with separate entry to the street. The second floor includes a master suite, two bedroom suites and an open family area around the stair.
The design strategy was to integrate the indoor and outdoor living spaces and maximize the sun and prevailing ocean breezes of this area by using large operable windows and sliding walls of glass. Shading is controlled as well with large overhangs and trellis structures. The program and layout of the home were driven by the client’s unique needs due to their extended family and friends who live out of town. They enjoy having family and friends come to stay and share the southern California life style with them. This house was designed specifically for that purpose.
The selected materials include plaster, zinc coated steel, cedar siding and exposed cast in place concrete. The use of passive energy collection, a mixture of green and eco-friendly materials and rainwater conservation along with drought tolerant planting makes this home an efficient Twenty First Century building.