This L.A. Home Hides a Second Story Beneath Its Steeply Pitched Roof

“It’s almost an optical illusion,” says designer Robert Sweet about the Manhattan Beach residence’s massive gable.

When Izabel Duval and her husband, Paul Sablock, commissioned designer and builder Robert Sweet to transform their home in Manhattan Beach, California, they were looking for a Goldilocks-like sweet spot: something just the right size for their lifestyle.

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Brian Libby
Dwell Contributor
Brian Libby is a Portland-based architecture writer who has contributed to Dwell since 2004. He has also written for The New York Times, Architect, CityLab, Salon, Metropolis, Architectural Record and The Oregonian, among others.


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