RESIDENTIAL PORTFOLIO: MUIR BEACH RESIDENCE

ON A SLOPING HILLSIDE OVERLOOKING THE PACIFIC IN MUIR BEACH, CA THIS PROJECT STARTED AS A SWIMMING POOL ADJACENT TO AN EXISTING 1970’S RESIDENCE AND GREW IN INCREMENTS TO ENCOMPASS A NEW ADDITION, A REDESIGN OF THE EXISTING RESIDENCE, AND THE OVERALL LANDSCAPE DESIGN OF THE ENTIRE SITE.

WHAT MADE THIS PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING WAS THAT THERE NEVER WAS AN OVERALL PROGRAM TO BEGIN THE PROJECT. EACH PHASE WAS STARTED WITHOUT KNOWING THERE WERE GOING TO BE SUBSEQUENT PHASES TO DESIGN. THE SWIMMING POOL WAS STARTED AND THEN A CABANA WAS APPROVED AND INCORPORATED. DURING THIS CONSTRUCTION PHASE THE PROGRAM CHANGED TO ADD A FOUR-BEDROOM ADDITION TO THE EXISTING RESIDENCE.

NEXT, THE EXISITNG RESIDENCE WAS REMODELED TO TIE TOGETHER THE NEW ADDITION WITH THE EXISTING SITE. FURTHER SITE PLANNING WAS DONE TO INCLUDE A GARAGE ADDITION, NEW DRIVE WAY AND LANDSCAPED PATHS TO THE RESIDENCE FROM THE UPPER PARKING AREA.

THE DESIGN OF THIS ADDITION WAS CONCEIVED AS AN ARM OF LIVING SPACE REACHING ACROSS THE CONTOUR OF THE SITE TO OVERLOOK THE POOL AND CABANA AREAS. THERE WAS ONE LOGICAL PLACE TO BREAK THROUGH FROM THE EXISTING RESIDENCE AND THAT WAS USED AS A DEPARTURE POINT FOR THE ADDITION. SINCE IT WAS POSSIBLE TO MOVE HORIZONTALLY ACROSS THE PARCEL, EACH BEDROOM WAS STEPPED BACK AS IT CROSSED TO GIVE A VIEW FORWARD TO THE OCEAN AND TO THE SIDE LOOKING BACK AT THE POOL. EACH BEDROOM HAS MORE THAN ONE DIRECTION FOR VIEWS, LIGHT AND AIR.

AS CONSTRUCTION OF THE ADDITION WAS UNDERWAY WITH FOUNDATIONS POURED, TWO OF THE FOUR PLANNED BEDROOMS WERE ELIMINATED IN THE NEW ADDITION. WHERE THESE TWO BEDROOMS WERE – PLANNED AND THEN REMOVED- CREATED THE FAMILY TRIANGLE ROOM AT THE END OF THE ADDITION AND OPENED UP THE WALL TO THE TRIANGULAR TERRACE OVERLOOKING THE POOL AREA. THE ENTIRE BEDROOM WALKWAY WAS DESIGNED AS A GLASS ENCLOSED GALLERY CONNECTING THE EXISTING TO THE NEW. THE ROOF WAS BROKEN INTO TWO LEVELS TO PROVIDE A PLAY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

WHILE THE ADDITION WAS NEARING COMPLETION, THE EXISTING RESIDENCE WAS REDESIGNED, TO INCLUDE A MODERN KITCHEN AND UPDATED MASTER AND GUEST’S SUITES. THE OUT-OF-SCALE ROOF PROJECTION OVER THE UPSTAIRS BATHROOM WAS REMOVED TO BRING THE EXISTING ROOF IN A CALMER SCALE WITH THE NEW ADDITION. THE EXISTING SHELL WAS KEPT BUT THE CRAMPED AND DARK SPACES WITHIN WERE CHANGED. A NEW STAIR TOWER WAS INCORPORATED INTO THE ENTRY TO REPLACE THE NARROW EXISTING STAIR TO THE UPPER LEVEL. THIS STAIR ELEMENT PULLED LIGHT INTO THE ENTRY, THROUGH THE GLASS STAIR TREADS AND INTO THE INTERIOR LANDSCAPING BELOW. THE UPPER STORAGE AREA OFF THE MASTER BEDROOM WAS OPENED TO A LIGHT FILLED LOFT AREA THAT LOOKS INTO THE ADDITION AS WELL AS THE LIVING ROOM BELOW. THE EXISTING ROOF WAS SLICED FROM EAVE TO EAVE IN A LONG LINEAR RIBBON OF GLASS SO THE COLORS OF THE DAY WOULD BE REFLECTED INSIDE. THE CLOUDS AND EVER CHANGING SKY CAN BE VISIBLE THROUGHOUT THE LIVING AND UPPER LOFT AREAS.

THE EXISTING KITCHEN WAS REDESIGNED AND A WINDOW WALL WAS CREATED TO LOOK BACK INTO THE PLANTED ILLUMINATED HILLSIDE. MATERIALS OF STAINLESS, BLACKENED STEEL AND PLASTER WERE USED FOR NEW FIREPLACES AND WALLS. THE ROOF OF THE ADDITION HOLDS FLAT SOLAR PANELS PROVIDING ON-SITE RENEWABLE ENERGY. A BANK OF PANELS HOLDING AN ACTIVE SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEM HEATS THE SWIMMING POOL.

THE ENTIRE PROJECT OPENED THE VIEWS AND BROUGHT NATURAL LIGHT DEEP INTO THE SPACES WHILE PROVIDING PROVIDE MULTIPLE LIVING AND RECREATIONAL USES BOTH INDOORS AND OUT.LEV11 MUIR-BEACH-INTERIOR2 LEV2 LEV3 LEV4 LEV5 LEV6 LEV8 LEV9 LEV1 LEV-EXT LEV-SEC FURN3 TABLE3 lev3 lev4 lev5 lev6 lev7 lev8 lev9 lev10 lev11 lev12 lev13 lev14 lev15 lev16 lev17 lev18 lev25 lev24 lev23 lev1 levin2 levin3 levin1 muir-beach-interior4 muir-beach-interior5 muir-beach-interior6 muir-beach-interior7 muir-beach-interior8 muir-beach-interior9 muir-beach-interior10 muir-beach-interior11 muir-beach-interior12 muir-beach-interior2 MB1 MB3

MUIR BEACH RESIDENCE INTERIOR

MUIR BEACH RESIDENCE INTERIOR

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