La Jolla Jewel
Ocean views on top, multicar parking below, lots of light in between.
Synopsis: After deciding that her small house was damaged beyond renovation, architect Laura Du Charme Conboy designed a replacement: a modern-style house with tall concrete walls. The interior blends the cool look of cast-in-place concrete, glass, and steel with warmer, earthy materials like redwood, mahogany, and limestone. The house includes a rooftop deck and a lower-level garage with parking space for three cars and an exercise room.
The day before the concrete trucks were scheduled to arrive to pour the 12-ft.-tall driveway walls, the concrete contractor called me to the site. “Are you sure you want those driveway walls at that height?” he asked. “They are going to be really tall, you know.”
I paused, hesitant to ignore the advice of such a seasoned professional. After registering my husband’s concerned expression, I blurted out, “Yes, I’m sure! Now is not the time to be timid!”