Life, they say, is what happens when you’re making other plans. Such was the case with this Southern California home. The clients had hired Boor Bridges Architecture to work on a small remodel when a nearby water pipe burst. Then, the city decided to widen the road. The two events left their house in need of major repairs. The original plan was scrapped in favor of building a completely new home.
The property abuts a park, offering a beautiful view of the downtown area. Split into two wings, one part was set aside for bedrooms, the other for entertaining. “They like a sense of formality so it was important to them to create a beautiful front garden and an entry point so that people would feel welcome”, says Boor Bridges Architecture principal, Bonnie Bridges.
Because the two bedrooms face the street, a deep garden was created. Lush native plantings contrast with the smooth, modern façade of the house in texture and color, engaging street life while maintaining a strong sense of privacy.
A formal entry hall opens up to a great room that spills out into the backyard. Full height walls of glass doors and windows, framed by the warmth of consistent wood and stucco planes connect the indoors with the exterior.