All photos ©Alexander Vertikoff

All photos ©Alexander Vertikoff


The  existing one-story Spanish home had become too small for the clients' growing family, and the layout did not work well for entertaining.  The new design combines several first floor rooms to create a large open kitchen/living area with access to the back yard.  A new second floor contains a master suite, two children's bedrooms and baths, laundry, and office.  Guests move easily from the front courtyard, through the first floor's living spaces, and out to a new pool/bar-b-que area in the backyard.  The new kitchen/living area becomes a central gathering space for both guests, and for the family when not entertaining.  While the home's exterior continues much of the detailing typical of the neighborhood's Spanish architecture, the interior design reflects a more modern, casual sensibility.  Rooftop solar panels provide enough electricity for the whole house, and the new garden is designed with drought tolerant planting.  

Landscape design by Grow Outdoor Design