A Los Angeles Renovation Opens Up to Coastal Climes

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By Jenny Xie
In the Pacific Palisades neighborhood, a couple turn to architect Ken Ungar for a home that maximizes ocean views and meshes interior and exterior space.

Stretching along the Los Angeles coastline, the neighborhood of Pacific Palisades provides all the pillars of California living. Balmy and suburban with views of both the mountain and the sea, it begs an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Indeed, a stronger connection to the outdoors was high on the wish list for the couple that approached architect Ken Ungar to reimagine their beachside residence. "The Pacific Palisades is the most temperate part of Los Angeles because it’s close to the ocean," says Ungar. "We live outdoors as much as we do indoors with a location like that." Sitting 20 feet above the street, the home—nicknamed La Cumbre—enjoys views of the water and more functional, connected spaces thanks to large-scale openings by Marvin Windows and Doors

A Los Angeles Renovation Opens Up to Coastal Climes - Photo 1 of 3 - "What Marvin offered us in terms of design, style, and cost fit the project the best," says Ungar. Here, Ultimate Multi-Slide Doors allow the living room to give way to a spacious covered patio. Low-maintenance with a U-factor of 0.28, the doors are durable while offering excellent thermal performance.

"What Marvin offered us in terms of design, style, and cost fit the project the best," says Ungar. Here, Ultimate Multi-Slide Doors allow the living room to give way to a spacious covered patio. Low-maintenance with a U-factor of 0.28, the doors are durable while offering excellent thermal performance.

A Los Angeles Renovation Opens Up to Coastal Climes - Photo 2 of 3 - Another view of the patio reveals an outdoor dining space. The Ultimate Multi-Slide Door is also available in a pocket configuration, where panels are hidden in a wall compartment. These panoramic openings can stretch up to 56 feet wide and 12 feet high. 

Another view of the patio reveals an outdoor dining space. The Ultimate Multi-Slide Door is also available in a pocket configuration, where panels are hidden in a wall compartment. These panoramic openings can stretch up to 56 feet wide and 12 feet high. 

After years of residing at the home, the clients realized that what they needed was not more space, but better use of space. "They didn’t have a family room, and the kitchen was cut off from the rest of the home," recalls Ungar. The new family room flows into the living room, creating more opportunities for the family to get together, and both rooms open onto a covered patio in the backyard through Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Doors. "They were critical design components for a seamless, indoor/outdoor relationship," says Ungar. Not only a dramatic portal to the outdoors, the Ultimate Multi-Slide Doors frame natural views, invite in fresh air and light, and join spaces fit for entertaining. Because each panel slides in front of the other, the doors are compact and easy to operate.

A Los Angeles Renovation Opens Up to Coastal Climes - Photo 3 of 3 - For the kitchen, Ungar chose minimal muntins for the Ultimate Casement Windows to maintain a traditional feel without sacrificing openness.

For the kitchen, Ungar chose minimal muntins for the Ultimate Casement Windows to maintain a traditional feel without sacrificing openness.

Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation Windows and Ultimate Casement Windows bathe the rest of the home in generous light while providing ample ventilation. The Ultimate Casement Windows above the banquette seating in the kitchen, for example, creates an inviting scene where family members and guests can sit and linger over a meal. The wide range of customization options offered by Marvin allowed Ungar to choose the right look for the project. "The aluminum cladding and sash of the windows are smaller than on most windows, and that gives a more open and modern feel," says Ungar. Additionally, Marvin’s energy-efficient products and low-E insulated glass protect from too much solar gain. 

With a newly functional layout that encourages communal living and a robust outdoor connection, La Cumbre now sports a thoroughly Southern Californian emphasis.

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