Manhattan Beach – Beach Front Residence

Posted on: June 5th, 2013

Beach House Design & Development – Recently completed contemporary Modern Asian style home in Manhattan Beach, California.

This ocean front setting home carries the soft and natural influence from the owner’s travels to Asia including Japan, Indonesia,Malaysia and Thailand – while being built with materials to endure the harsh weather conditions encountered along the Pacific Ocean.

Prior to the renovation, this beachfront home had a number of non-cohesive remodels and additions since it birth in 1954.  The 2-story cottage had an underplayed alley access, highly divided floor plan and a West facing window view line of only 6’6”.

The goal of the owner was to create a cohesive floor plan that provided large interior space for entertaining, additional outdoor patio space and significant enhancements to the ocean views.   We designed guest access thru a centralized Zen garden to create an atmosphere that seamlessly blended the interior and exterior space.  Walking thru the home, natural day-lighting highlights artfully juxtaposed wood, stone, metal, and glass with the owner’s worldly art collection.  Dramatic rooflines are grounded against large plate glass to create ever-changing lights and shadow patterns throughout the home.  The diverse range of social areas – the enlarged kitchen, studio, terrace, Zen garden, and den connect the interior of the home to the natural beach setting.


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