I just returned from a holiday in Rome and was sad that my vacation was over, but was quickly reminded why I love Los Angeles. The views, the weather, and the indoor/outdoor spaces! What I loved most about this fall's AIA Los Angeles home tours were the vast windows to take in the view and beautiful exterior environments. I absolutely do have a favorite on this tour, but I will refrain from sharing and let the homes speak for themselves.
The first home on the tour was designed by Richard Berliner, AIA. The main living spaces, including the kitchen, are on the second floor. The kitchen was expanded and opened up to increase the square footage and take advantage of the natural light.
The next house has many charming elements, such as the TV hidden in the bookcase, and of course, how can you get over the full wall of windows overlooking a natural setting? The house was brought to life by architect Peter Grueneisen, FAIA, of nonzero/architecture.
The third house was a Mid-Century residence I could really live in! Even though it is smaller than the other homes on the tour, it is really private and I am dying over the art collection, the koi pond, and all the windows! The Richard Neutra house was renovated by Barton Phelps, FAIA.
The last house on the AIA tour did not disappoint. Yes, it is a given that a fantastic view of the city can really make a house, but I really fell in love with all the inspirations from Southeast Asia. Architects Christopher Mercier, AIA, and Douglas Pierson, AIA, of form, environment, research studio LLP, transformed the house from 1800 square feet to 4500 square feet.
What a great day of seeing some of the best homes in Los Angeles. Can't wait to see what the next set of AIA home tours brings!
Previous AIA Los Angeles Home Tours:
- AIA Los Angeles Home Tours: Spring 2012
- Highlights from the Spring 2012 AIA Los Angeles Home Tours
- Highlights from the Fall AIA Los Angeles Home Tours
- A Look Inside 4 Contemporary Los Angeles Homes
- Four Homes Off Sunset Blvd.
- Enjoying the View from 4 Homes in the Hills
- A Look at 4 Venice Homes
(Images: Marcia Prentice)