The Legal House (aka Keeshen House) is a 2,900 square foot home designed and built for a young family, with 2 small children, in the location of their existing house on a quiet street in a friendly hilltop neighborhood. Many homes here are being expanded so residents can remain in the city as they raise families in the highly valuable and densifying Westside of Los Angeles. Much of the design process was spent navigating through and adjusting to the currently changing zoning codes, which dictate the size and shape of expanding single-family residential construction. As the owners are both Attorneys and were fascinated by this part of the process, the project has been nicknamed “The Legal House”.

The Architecture is organized around a 3-dimensional circulation path, which also serves as a device to capture daylight and distribute fresh air to the internal parts of the house. This path is expressed in the Architectural form and terminates at a roof deck with panoramic views of the city and coast.

The approach was to work mostly within the footprint of the existing house but maximize floor area on the upper floor. The massing concept led to a solution of 4 parts. Two wooden ‘sleeping’ boxes are perched above a stone or heavy ‘living’ level base, all intersected by the snaking metal circulation element.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, and Stucco Siding Material. front of house Photo  of Legal HouseView Photos

front of house

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Stucco Siding Material, and Metal Siding Material. front of house Photo 2 of Legal HouseView Photos

front of house

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Stucco Siding Material, and Metal Siding Material. back of house Photo 3 of Legal HouseView Photos

back of house

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, Metal Railing, and Wood Railing. entry and stair Photo 4 of Legal HouseView Photos

entry and stair

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, Wood Railing, and Metal Railing. stair to 2nd floor Photo 5 of Legal HouseView Photos

stair to 2nd floor

Modern home with Hallway and Light Hardwood Floor. 2nd floor hallway Photo 6 of Legal HouseView Photos

2nd floor hallway

Modern home with Bath Room, Wood Counter, Porcelain Tile Floor, Vessel Sink, Accent Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, One Piece Toilet, and Pendant Lighting. powder room Photo 8 of Legal HouseView Photos

powder room

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceramic Tile Floor, Engineered Quartz Counter, Undermount Sink, Drop In Tub, Enclosed Shower, Accent Lighting, and Wall Lighting. master bath Photo 9 of Legal HouseView Photos

master bath

Modern home with Exterior and House Building Type. roof deck Photo 10 of Legal HouseView Photos

roof deck

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Stucco Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, and Metal Siding Material. back patio Photo 11 of Legal HouseView Photos

back patio

Credits

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Architect
  • DIGBAR interiors & architecture
Interior Design
  • DIGBAR interiors & architecture
Landscape Design
  • Rose in Bloom
Builder
  • Waconah Construction
Photographer
  • Joshua White-JWPictures.com

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Lot Size
  • 2,900