Legal House

Los Angeles, California
Architect
  • DIGBAR interiors & architecture
Interior Design
  • DIGBAR interiors & architecture
Landscape Design
  • Rose in Bloom
Builder
  • Waconah Construction
Photographer
  • Joshua White-JWPictures.com
Location
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Lot Size
  • 2,900
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • 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, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, and Stucco Siding Material. front of house Photo  of Legal House

    front of house

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

    front of house

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

    back of house

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

    entry and stair

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

    stair to 2nd floor

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

    2nd floor hallway

    Modern home with Kitchen, Stone Counter, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Wood Cabinet, Porcelain Tile Floor, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Recessed Lighting, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Cooktops, Range Hood, Dishwasher, Microwave, and Undermount Sink. kitchen Photo 7 of Legal House

    kitchen

    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 House

    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 House

    master bath

    Modern home with Exterior and House. roof deck Photo 10 of Legal House

    roof deck

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

    back patio

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