In our next project, we take a look at a Portland, Oregon home. Specifically we investigate how to bring more natural light into the living room located in the center of this roughly symmetrical 80 year old house.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Tucked away in the hills over Los Angeles in the community of Silver Lake, the owner of this 1930’s era home is looking to renovate the living area to include the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Since these rooms are clustered on the north side of the house, they tend to be dark. Also, the three rooms are disconnected from each other, small and not suitable for hosting social events. Lastly, the owner would like to increase the ceiling height in the living room to give the room a greater sense of volume. The design challenge is to address all of these conditions.
Location: Southern California
This property is located high on a hillside in southern California and as such tremendous views exist to the southeast from the living room of this ranch-style home. There is also opportunity to take advantage of abundant natural daylight to lighten up the interior space, specifically the living room in this case.
The diagram below shows the context. The southeast side of the house faces the valley and hills to the southeast. The valley is approximately a mile wide.