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Beethoven

West Los Angeles, CA

View from the backyard looking back at the outdoor dining patio below the master suite volume. The interior living/dining area can open up to the exterior patio thanks to a custom 5 panel, bi-folding door by Western Window Systems.

View from the backyard looking back at the outdoor dining patio below the master suite volume. The interior living/dining area can open up to the exterior patio thanks to a custom 5 panel, bi-folding door by Western Window Systems.

Red metal siding panel transitions to dark grey cement board.

Red metal siding panel transitions to dark grey cement board.

Beethoven Residence - West Los Angeles, CA

This contemporary, statement home is defined by the graceful new “butterfly” roof that expands the bedrooms spaces to the east and west, allowing for soaring ceilings and dramatic skylights in the spaces below. 

While technically a remodel and addition of a second story to an existing small 2 bedroom/1 bath house, the Beethoven Residence is effectively a brand new, 3 bedroom/3 bath house. 

The exterior palette was designed to be both beautiful and require minimal maintenance with dark anodized aluminum windows and a dark grey field of fiber cement board siding accented with red metal siding at the entry/stair tower and smaller infill of clear, knotty cedar.

Floor Area: 1,900 sf

Construction Budget: $300/sf

Completion Date: 2017

Photos by Corinne Cobabe Photography - http://www.corinnecobabe.com/

View from the backyard showing the projected master suite covering the outdoor dining area and the cement board clad kitchen volume with master balcony above..

View from the backyard showing the projected master suite covering the outdoor dining area and the cement board clad kitchen volume with master balcony above..

View from the front yard highlighting the interplay between the cement board, metal siding, and knotty cedar.

View from the front yard highlighting the interplay between the cement board, metal siding, and knotty cedar.

The exterior palette was designed to be both beautiful and require minimal maintenance with dark anodized aluminum windows and a dark grey field of fiber cement board siding accented with red metal siding at the entry/stair tower and smaller infill of clear, knotty cedar.

The exterior palette was designed to be both beautiful and require minimal maintenance with dark anodized aluminum windows and a dark grey field of fiber cement board siding accented with red metal siding at the entry/stair tower and smaller infill of clear, knotty cedar.

This contemporary, statement home is defined by the graceful new “butterfly” roof that expands the bedrooms spaces to the east and west, allowing for soaring ceilings and dramatic skylights in the spaces below.

This contemporary, statement home is defined by the graceful new “butterfly” roof that expands the bedrooms spaces to the east and west, allowing for soaring ceilings and dramatic skylights in the spaces below.

Demolition First Floor Plan (lower left), First Floor Plan (lower right), Second Floor Plan (upper right)

Demolition First Floor Plan (lower left), First Floor Plan (lower right), Second Floor Plan (upper right)

Inside, the formerly, very small 2 bedroom/ 1 bath house was transformed into a contemporary, statement home with 3 bedrooms / 3 baths and an open floor plan. The first floor has one bedroom, which will be used as a media room, in the front of the home. The spacious entry flows into the open living, dining and kitchen in the rear of the home. The living room is able to completely open up to the outdoor dining deck through a 5-panel, bifolding door. 

The new staircase is a central focus of the design, with an integrated custom walnut bookshelf in the center of the switchback and three large skylights above. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, both en suite, and a large laundry/craft room. The new master bedroom suite overhangs the existing structure below creating a covered outdoor dining room space.

Open living/dining and kitchen area in the foreground with the downstairs bedroom/media room tucked behind a large privacy slider.

Open living/dining and kitchen area in the foreground with the downstairs bedroom/media room tucked behind a large privacy slider.

The kitchen features Walnut lower cabinets paired with high-gloss white cabinets above. Heath ceramic tile and Caeserstone countertops complete the look. Large windows to the south connect the kitchen to the backyard, while a clerestory window washes the space with morning light.

The kitchen features Walnut lower cabinets paired with high-gloss white cabinets above. Heath ceramic tile and Caeserstone countertops complete the look. Large windows to the south connect the kitchen to the backyard, while a clerestory window washes the space with morning light.

The butterfly roof allows for soaring ceilings in both bedrooms and dramatic skylights in the master bathroom that highlight the 3D Porcelanosa tile in the master shower.

The butterfly roof allows for soaring ceilings in both bedrooms and dramatic skylights in the master bathroom that highlight the 3D Porcelanosa tile in the master shower.

The new staircase, with an integrated custom walnut bookshelf in the center of the switchback and three large skylights above, links the two floors.

The new staircase, with an integrated custom walnut bookshelf in the center of the switchback and three large skylights above, links the two floors.

The ensuite bathroom for the second upstairs bedroom picks up on details from the master bathroom - walnut cabinets, 3D tile washed by light, and dark tile floors.

The ensuite bathroom for the second upstairs bedroom picks up on details from the master bathroom - walnut cabinets, 3D tile washed by light, and dark tile floors.