furniture for modern living
7466 beverly blvd., los angeles, ca
there once was a little bungalow nestled in the rear of a 1920's craftsman in hollywood. this little home was divided into the classic 4 rooms with 7'6" ceilings, ouch. so the concept/project was to take it down to the bare bones leaving just the bathroom center wall. opening the space up to the ceiling rafters and creating and open living plan with a private bedroom, accessible by a pocket door, you would think this is the end of this tale.. but no! material [ENVIRONMENT] was called in to design the outdoor space. first we wanted to change the view by painting the home a bright color so we chose a yellow that was more like a buttery color than a sun/bright yellow. we, then decided to utilize the space between the main house and the bungalow by adding an open sided deck, increasing the viable living space almost 65%. the deck, made of recycled material, reflected the now "L" shaped interior space to the outside. made accessible by a pair of solid glass paned french doors from the main living area, the living room doubled in size both visually and actually. maintaining somewhat of a formal entrance we aligned the lit platform steps to the red coloured entrance door. the mirroring of the dining/kitchen area allowed the client to utilize even a larger space for relaxing in the full sun, while the living area was installed with a retractable awning.
breaking the square of the guesthouse and the property line, we created a wandering path of golden slate around the garden area. we planted the garden mostly with draught tolerant plants and trees that we received from the dwp as part of a "green" project they were sponsoring. the sounds of water provided by the verde patina, modern, concrete fountain was the finishing touch.