The new owners of this 1978 home wanted a contemporary renovation which reinterpreted the floor plan to open the space and maximize natural light. The program called for a minimalist kitchen, master suite, spa-like bathrooms, study, art studio, and multiuse space for adults and kids. At the center of the home is an enclosed, two story atrium, a unique element that was underused in the original design. Working with the owners, we reimagined the atrium as family space. We removed walls to integrate the atrium with the rest of the interior and added a glass roof, creating a light well for the home. The space is bordered by a rock garden with bamboo in a custom blackened steel planter and is further defined by a sunken floor, accessed by sculptural concrete steps that gently undulate into banquette seating and custom shelving.
The 21-foot tall double-height Atrium anchors the home: featuring a bamboo "screen" and concrete steps that unfold to become banquette seating.
A new glass roof floods the two-story Atrium with daylight. The Atrium features sculptural concrete steps with integrated lighting that reflects off the white porcelain floor at night.
The minimalist Kitchen with integrated appliances and lighting details acts as a functional workspace for a busy family without the clutter. White lacquer contrasts the rough-sawn oak cabinetry.
A skylight with custom vertical LED cove lighting above the sculptural tub continues the atrium motif. A floating white oak vanity and light porcelain tile flooring add to the feeling of a spacious spa retreat.
A modern answer to the wall sconces traditionally found in stairwells: the recessed blackened steel hand railing conceals an integrated LED light detail at the main stair.