Architecture

A Montecito, California, LEED certified (Platinum) home is unquestionably one of the most energy efficient residences in the area. And is also one of the most beautiful, modern, yet comfortable homes with that distinction.
A loggia off the family room, and several garden level terraces- all lushly landscaped- accompany this Malibu residence, built on a hillside with dramatic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
A covered open air pool cabana overlooks a modernist free-standing screening room on the property of a movie executive’s compound in Brentwood, California.
A full remodel of a Malibu spec house where the owners had lived for 25 years, always knowing it wasn't the house of their dreams. Finally, hiring an architect the entire house was reworked; taken down to the studs, and revived in a romantic Mediteranean style house in California, complete with Tuscan inspired tower-like structures.
The second story overlooks the green rooftops of the level below, which have been planted with drought-resistant grasses. Photovoltaic cells hidden on the butterfly roof generate more than enough electricity to operate the home.
Entering this  residence, the axis of the Pergola, is continued in the center of a vaulted gallery leading to the living Room.
Here the architect designed a full remodel and restoration of a 100-year-old craftsman house, in Santa Monica. It was originally the winter residence for a Mid-western industrialist. The whole house was stripped down to the studs and rebuilt.
Here, in the living room, as in the other principal rooms, the views to the Pacific Ocean are "re-presented" and rediscovered; framed with large arched openings, and custom steel French doors.
The one story pool house remodel project incorporated French doors that had previously existed, So, around them the architect created a brand new building adding a second level and a terrace, overlooking the pool. It was originally the Paul Williams estate pool house, A new roof of standing-seam copper features a small cupola.<br />
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This 5800-square-foot home in Palo Alto, Ca. was designed to adhere to the family's sustainability concerns. The lower part of the house has primary walls of highly crafted rammed earth made with soil excavated from the site. Between the upper and lower floors an 18-inch ribbon of glass allows soft light and allows the upper level to appear as though floating.
Beneath the floating staircase in the entryway, oversized recycled 'pebble' seats invite guests to remove their shoes when entering the home.
Eco-elegant: The enviable location, on Stinson Beach, CA, and the newly constructed and sustainable, 1900-square-foot beach house, is a second home for a San Francisco family. The only use of natural gas is at the cooking range, which draws from a 50-gallon propane tank.  With the exception of the propane tank, the home is net-zero in terms of its energy consumption.
A custom designed gate leads you to an enclosed yard, where the landscape is a combination of limestone paving, lawn, and contained planting. Starting from the street, an axis leads to the house, pierces it as a two-story central hall, and continues to the bay as a dock – aligning with Mt Tamalpias across the water.
The unexpected placement of this Zen-like sculpture garden draws the  landscape into interior spaces. It is the “welcome home”  garden.
Individual buildings are grouped to create multiple outdoor spaces, similar to the arrangement of nearby farms. Two primary buildings define a three-sided courtyard overlooking the panoramic Point Reyes Valley.
In Napa County, this 2500-square foot-residence is a second home for a writer, a painter and their two young children.  A two-building scheme, linked by a covered breezeway, nestled into a 100-year-old grove of oaks, forms the general plan for the home. Sixteen-inch-thick shot-earth walls comprise the east-west portion of the living building, while the north-south walls are wood, sided inside and out with cedar.
The exterior of a private residence in Salento, Italy. The design integrates the home with the existing landscape, emphasizing the constant relationship between interior and exterior spaces. The facade is of local stone. Doors and windows reflect local tradition, with whitewashed frames and stone lintels. The floors are also made of local stone,.<br />
A pool cabana is made of Ipe wood, glass doors, and a steel shade structure. The exquisite precision detailing of this LEED certified house in Montecito, Ca. allows for seamless indoor/outdoor living.<br />
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A Pt. Reyes Residence in West Marin, California. Surrounded by a seashore environment and several historic dairy farms, this 2500-square-foot house embodied the California lifestyle and relates to its surroundings.  Individual buildings are grouped to create multiple outdoor spaces, similar to the arrangement of nearby farms.
The goal of sustainability was met through the home's building methods, materials, and energy systems.
Located in Seadrift, a gated vacation community that originated in the 1950s at the tip of Stinson Beach, the design follows a rigorous sustainability program, achieving the Marin Planning Department's highest rating for resource efficiency.  Photovoltaic panels generate all the home's electricity, the home's systems—hot water, HVAC, and radiant heating—are integrated, electric-based, and powered by the PV panels on the roof.
The design is rooted in the notion of radical simplicity for aesthetic effect and for budget. The house is a 20-ft by 100-ft box with a slightly sloped  metal roof for effect. This metal canopy  also links the house to the legacy of ‘farm vernacular’. The house has exterior walls and a roof built from SIPS (structural insulated panels), which replaces typical ‘stick framing’. This expedites construction, provides for higher insulation, and is a more sustainable way to build than typical methods.
A Sonoma, Ca. Residence, that is 2000-square-feet, is on a 5-acre flat parcel within a grove of walnut trees.  An existing house, which was on the edge of the property, was demolished and replaced with this, in the heart of the site to take advantage of the orchard beauty.
The dramatic setting and orientation of the site drove the design for this project.  Starting from the street, an axis leads to the house, pierces it as a two-story central hall, and continues to the bay as a dock – aligning with Mt Tamalpias across the water.
An 11,000 square-foot Malibu house, recently built on a 3-acre hillside, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has roofs made from reclaimed antique shingles. The architect was exacting in how he perfectly sited the house to take advantage of 180-degree views.
Situated on a hilltop in Malibu the residence has commanding views, East from Santa Monica to Point Dume in the West, as well as North to the Santa Monica Mountains.  The design challenge here was how to approach the residence from the view-side, facing toward the Pacific Ocean, and not have that be the front door.  This was achieved by creating the arrival between two one-story garages that open to an expansive motor leading to the entry garden and pergola.<br />
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Entering the residence, the axis of the Pergola is continued in the groin vaulted gallery leading to the Living Room.  Here, as in the other principal rooms, the views to the Pacific Ocean are "re-presented" and rediscovered, framed in large arched openings.
Reclaimed barn beams accent a custom kitchen featuring open zinc shelves and marble slab walls. A granite counter top from Walker Zanger crowns the wire-brushed oak island which is inset with an antique Italian sink.
Lush bougainvillea vines grow around the arched entry to a newly built Malibu home that was designed to evoke a Tuscan farmhouse. One with repeated arched windows featuring dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Reclaimed barn beams accent the media/family room. The room is open to the terrace.
An outdoor seating area, adjacent to a Malibu house. The fireplace 3 types, of stone, Santa Barbara sandstone, Montana gold and Utah buff, which lend it a variety of colors.
A view from the entry gate of a LEED certified residence in Montecito. We see the car court; Poured concrete planks with grass slats. There are aluminum and sand blasted glass garage doors. Atop the garage, a succulent garden was planted. The double volume entry hall has a Noguchi lantern. On the right the pool cabana. The  <br />
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Exterior siding of the house is IPE planks. FSC Certified. <br />
Drought Tolerant garden. <br />
Zinc roof.<br />
Butterfly roof has photo voltaic panels for electricityand solar  panels for pool heat
A white marble landing and entry space is made of Thassos marble. The lacquer curved staircase, has a polished metal handrail. A custom commissioned granite sculpture sits adjacent.
The redwood walls of this mid-century gem emit a warm luminous glow at night. Filled with important vintage and contemporary furnishings, this home defines indoor/outdoor California living.

Architecture for home, travel, shop, eat, sleep, work in Los  Angeles

At Designer Previews we are committed to regional California architects who are masters at merging function and creativity at the highest possible level. We seek out Los Angeles architects who are pros at designing residences; others who are expert at store and office design. We are passionate about, and respectful of the architectural legacy here; from work of  Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, to  Richard Neutra, Craig Ellwood, and so many others. With them in mind, we find the young masters of today. We know who the ‘go to’ architects are for hot restaurant and  hotel design. Hiring an architect from Designer Previews means service; we cater to discerning clients, keeping aesthetics a priority, while also deftly managing the complexities of a project.

 

 

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