Large, wood front door with pivot function

Sophisticated Entry Using a Large, Pivoting Front Door

Pivot doors don’t need a frame around the door or a threshold. The clearance area is also reduced from a swing door because having an offset pivot reduces the distance the door swing will project into the space. The door can be designed to go edge-to-edge with the wall to seamlessly blend together. For our client’s home, we used Douglas Fir on the door to mirror the size and pattern of the boards used on the adjacent board-formed concrete wall. The entry door also has a soft-closing mechanism, so that our client’s children do not get their fingers jammed.

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Rendering of new bathroom idea with center vanity with no mirrors

A Vanity Is An Island Unto Itself…

Why are bathroom vanities always against the wall? This standard configuration may work for most, but one of our clients wanted to take a different approach to the conventional bathroom layout. Our client stated that looking in the mirror while using the sink was not important to her–she had other preferences for the bathroom:

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Industrial style bunk bed for boys bunkroom

Boys Bunk Room Uses Industrial Styling

How do you create a bunk room for a family of all boys? A bunk room that sleeps 7? A sleeping quarters boys would love to be in that can stand up to play, but be safe for four brothers plus their friends to camp out in? A space that captures the imagination and spurs hours of play and can stand up to the rough and tumble ways of young boys?

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Craftsman details show design interest especially in small projects

Small Details Highlight Craftsmanship and Character

Beauty is found in the small details that make up a home’s design–whether your style is modern, contemporary, or more traditional. My firm has worked on various home styles over the years doing both completely new builds and historic restorations. Over this time, we’ve also done some smaller additions or small remodeling jobs as we did when renovating an artists studio in a home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

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Feature image of Fabrication of custom steel trellis shade overhand

Custom Fabricated Steel Shade Trellis

At one of our current projects in Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills, we are working on a major renovation of the home and building a large addition over the garage. The addition includes a new master suite with a balcony on the front elevation. We wanted to shade the balcony as well as to control the sunlight coming into the new master suite—both important considerations when designing for the California sun.

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Enhancing Architectural Features through the use of landscape lighting

Enhancing Architecture with the Right Lighting Indoors & Out

One of the advantages of being an Architect-Led Design-Build firm is our in-house ability to customize solutions for clients to best fit their circumstances and needs. We don’t have to settle for the standard approach and we can elevate the design, even with what is on the surface, a simple element like lighting. Whenever possible, we like to get away from standard lighting, whether natural or artificial, and make the space less predictable yet oriented to the client. Here are some recent examples of different scenarios for how to approach lighting inside and outside your home.

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Kurt Krueger visits Soldiers Home Station in Brentwood LA at Veterans Home

Lessons Learned off the Beaten Path in Southern California

Los Angeles is notorious for being a hodge podge: a region with a rich history from the days of the Native Americans, through the gold rush and World Wars, the Hollywood Glamour days, and now into modern California. A collection of different cultures and lifestyles makes for a showcase of architecture in my backyard.

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Benedict Canyon Board Formed Concrete Wall Setup

Board Formed Concrete Wall

Concrete walls aren’t just for foundations anymore–we’re not hiding this one behind sheetrock or in a basement. At our project in Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills our firm designed a concrete wall which would be a focal point both inside the residence in the stairwell that led to the new second story over the garage addition; and also the exterior focal point when you’re arriving at the house.

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