The star of Breaking Bad opens the doors to his family’s recently completed beach house located just outside of Los Angeles. Read Full Article
Bryan Cranston and his wife, Robin Dearden, relax on a Lagune sofa by Roche Bobois. The couple’s home occupies a beachfront site that they’ve owned for several years. The original structure, affectionately dubbed the “love shack” was born as 1940s-era military housing that in subsequent decades became an uneven hodgepodge that defied local permits and was slowly sinking into the sand.
Outside the living room is outdoor furniture by Richard Frinier for Brown Jordan, selected for its powder-coated cast aluminum and its easily reupholstered slings. The deck, warmed by radiant heat, is poured-in-place structural concrete slab consisting of 25 percent fly ash, a coal-burning by-product that increases the durability of the concrete. The railing is a custom creation of project designer John A. Turturro’s and was fabricated by Trico Welding.
For the facade, exposed to the constant salt air, the team considered everything from copper or zinc to Kynar-coated aluminum. Eventually, a sample of titanium was tacked up for six months and showed no wear. “Part of the green philosophy is not just what is cheaper; it’s what’s sustainable,” Cranston explains. “The titanium cladding was more expensive, but this is a house we plan to be in for the rest of our lives, so we wanted something that needed virtually no maintenance.”
Crowning the interior hallway is a Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke pendant, designed in 1958. The narrow apertures were designed to funnel the ocean breeze, contributing to the home’s passive cooling program. The walls are covered in American Clay, which helps to control humidity.
In a corner of the living room, recessed automated shades provide glare control. All of the house’s shades are programmed by season and time of day through both the Lutron HomeWorks and ELAN home systems, which can be controlled through Bryan’s iPad, even when he’s on location filming.
In the master bedroom, Azul Giorgione by Alberto Gálvez hangs above a locally manufactured bed from Soluzioni. The sheets, pillow cases and blanket are from Restoration Hardware; the decorative pillows and quilted coverlet are from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
In the garage, a collection of smart-home technology is on display alongside a Bendpak Auto Lift, which builder Bryan Henson calls “an integral part of the house’s design: With the lift in place we met the county’s requirements for two covered parking spaces in a narrower garage bay. This freed up nearly 400 square feet of precious floor area on the other side of the house to accommodate both a mechanical room and a media room on the first floor.”
A "before" shot of the couple's original home before it was demolished to make way for the current residence. Says Cranston, "It was really fun—we called it the "love shack." But it truly outlived its purpose, and it was incredibly wasteful, energy-wise."
An early sketch for the centrally located living room. Project designer John A. Turturro worked closely with Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden to select all the furnishings and interior materials. "John really knows his stuff," says Dearden.