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Malibu Canyon House with a View

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Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with a secluded canyon house in Malibu.

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  To deal with a Malibu site’s sharp incline, architect Bruce Bolander set the steel, concrete, and glass house on caissons. A deep wraparound porch nearly doubles the home’s living space and offers the ideal perch for outdoor dining and taking in spectacular views of the surrounding canyon. The garage serves as resident Dave Keffer’s home office.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    To deal with a Malibu site’s sharp incline, architect Bruce Bolander set the steel, concrete, and glass house on caissons. A deep wraparound porch nearly doubles the home’s living space and offers the ideal perch for outdoor dining and taking in spectacular views of the surrounding canyon. The garage serves as resident Dave Keffer’s home office.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  A colorful, laminate-clad wall of storage stretches seamlessly from the kitchen—where it holds a full-size built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Miele dishwasher, a Bosch cooktop, and a tiny convection oven—to the bedroom, where it contains the couple’s clothing, shoes, and linens.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    A colorful, laminate-clad wall of storage stretches seamlessly from the kitchen—where it holds a full-size built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Miele dishwasher, a Bosch cooktop, and a tiny convection oven—to the bedroom, where it contains the couple’s clothing, shoes, and linens.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  Bolander designed the custom steel desk where Wright works (above), as well as the bedside table (opposite), fashioned from a speaker tower base and a slab of white oak. The desk chair and table lamp are vintage; the bed linens are from Garnet Hill and Ikea. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from Metal Window Corporation open the entire corner of the room up to the outdoors.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    Bolander designed the custom steel desk where Wright works (above), as well as the bedside table (opposite), fashioned from a speaker tower base and a slab of white oak. The desk chair and table lamp are vintage; the bed linens are from Garnet Hill and Ikea. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from Metal Window Corporation open the entire corner of the room up to the outdoors.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  In such a small space “you have to organize, and every piece takes a decision,” says resident Heidi Wright. The couple keep things they use less frequently, like guest bedding, in the higher cabinets.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    In such a small space “you have to organize, and every piece takes a decision,” says resident Heidi Wright. The couple keep things they use less frequently, like guest bedding, in the higher cabinets.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  Wright and Keffer (standing) hang out on their deck with Bolander, who lives just across the road. The chairs, designed by Bolander, are upholstered in Sunbrella fabric.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    Wright and Keffer (standing) hang out on their deck with Bolander, who lives just across the road. The chairs, designed by Bolander, are upholstered in Sunbrella fabric.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  The sofa and lights in the open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area are vintage.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    The sofa and lights in the open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area are vintage.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  Eames Wire Chairs, cushioned with custom pads, surround a dining table designed by Bolander.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    Eames Wire Chairs, cushioned with custom pads, surround a dining table designed by Bolander.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  Fir slats on the wall and ceiling run through to the outdoors, visually expanding the space.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    Fir slats on the wall and ceiling run through to the outdoors, visually expanding the space.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  The floor plan.  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    The floor plan.

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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