Our residential projects include custom homes, single and multi-family complexes, condominiums, apartments, and student housing, in a variety of sizes, complexity, and styles. We work on new construction, as well as remodels and additions. Our residential projects have provided us the opportunity to introduce our landscape and outdoor living expertise, and continue to evolve our kitchen and bath expertise.
Single Family and Custom Residential
Most of our residential projects are for individual clients—homeowners—with specific needs, tastes, and styles. We believe strongly in establishing a strong Program, and working diligently with the client to develop a deep understanding of their unique values and sensibilities. Through this process—this interaction—we are able to create spaces and environments that our clients sense are uniquely theirs, and into which they can deeply connect. It brings us great joy when they tell us how much our designs have influenced their lives.
Multifamily and Development Projects
A cornerstone of our multifamily and development projects is our ability to bring single-family residential sensibilities to these types of projects. Our apartment and condominium projects possess qualities more akin to fine homes than faceless condominiums, and utilize space and site in intimate ways usually not considered by large-scale designers.
THE ARROYO COLLECTION
The Arroyo Collection is an extremely unique remodel and addition to an existing two-story office building with an attached split-level commercial garage and storage building on Mission Street in South Pasadena. Our clients converted the downstairs office space to a fine art gallery, the commercial garage to an automobile collection and workshop, converted the upstairs office to a living-dining-kitchen, and added a 780 s.f. steel-and-glass split-level master suite and surrounding decks. The result is a breathtaking example of a modern design creating warmth, capturing natural light, and providing abundant outdoor space in what once was a commercial office complex.
The project was conceived from the start as a simple steel-and-glass Master Suite addition adjoining the split-level Living-Dining-Kitchen below. The suite was to be surrounded on three sides by decking, with one dedicated as private, off the Master Bath, and housing the outdoor spa.
The most difficult challenge was building atop the existing 1200 s.f. garage. Not only was it large in area, but its ceiling was also three feet above the second floor level. Furthermore, the client program included decks surrounding all three sides of the upstairs addition—all required to be within the footprint of the garage below. The solution was to develop a series of steel beams and columns that spanned the entire width and length of the garage below, but supporting a second series of beams and columns offset 6-12 feet from the lower perimeter. Steel was the natural choice, and when painted a rich Egyptian red and juxtaposed against natural woods, the result is as breathtaking as it is invisible.
Part of the Program included converting the front parking spaces off Mission Street to a sculpture garden. Making this exercise tricky was the requirement to provide an access ramp—cleverly concealed by wrapping the perimeter of the deck while creating intermediate access for each level.
The loft itself is supported on wide-flange steel columns and beams, with columns offset at the corners to allow for mitered glass corners. Surrounding the entire space, uninterrupted on all four sides, is a two-foot tall glass transom. The ceiling, composed of exposed cedar, is directly attached to steel rafters at a 32" spacing, with structural sheathing above for shear transfer. The overhangs are eight feet wide. Surrounding the perimeter decks are steel-and-glass railings, with pattered translucent glass.
The building interior is essentially divided into three main spaces—the LDK (Living/Dining/Kitchen), the Master Bedroom, and the Master Bath and Closet. The LDK is one block, with the Laundry and Powder Room at the end (this was the original second floor office space). Built above the raised Garage roof, the Master Bedroom, Bath, and Closet is all contained within the main 780 s.f. steel-and-glass addition. Each space is open to the other, with only the Master Bath and Closet utilizing a large-panel sliding pocket door (which the Owners usually leave open).
Prior to, and throughout the design of any project, I am constantly sketching out thoughts, identifying problems, and exploring ideas and solutions in my sketchbook. Whether a detail, encompassing concept, or strategy, more often than not, it winds its way into this tool, often times leading to even more subsequent iterations. Below are some sketches developed during the design of the Arroyo Collection.