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Pro Portfolio: Killefer Flammang's small-lot homes in Mar Vista

September 26, 2011 |  9:10 am

Killefer Flammang Architects

Killefer Flammang Architects' recently completed four-unit, single-family development in Mar Vista is our latest installment of Pro Portfolio. The feature, posted every Monday, looks at a recently built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer.

Project: Four Mar Vista, 1,500- to 1,600-square-foot single-family homes designed and built under Los Angeles' Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, which allows construction of infill housing in multifamily zones as a smart-growth alternative to suburban sprawl.

Location: Mar Vista, Los Angeles

4 ArchitectKillefer Flammang Architects.

Developer/contractor: Joe Killefer, Anejo Development, (310) 710-1808.

Structural engineer: John Labib & Associates.

Architect’s description: The three-story houses, two facing east and two facing west, have a 6-inch separation between them but share a common driveway and garage court. The design places a two-car garage and an office/bedroom on the ground floor; a loft-style living, dining and kitchen area with 12-foot ceiling on the second floor; and a master bedroom suite and another bedroom 5 on the third floor. 

Taking advantage of a front lot line with an 8-degree angle, the west façade steps forward with material changes -- fiber cement panels to plaster to redwood. The redwood was reclaimed from a 100-year-old water pipe in Northern California.

Sustainably designed, the houses are highly efficient. They are equipped with zoned heat pumps, high-efficiency water fixtures, tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances and compact and linear fluorescent lighting fixtures.

To see inside, keep reading ...

Four Mar Vista

From the entry, stairs lead up to a dining area, kitchen and living area.

Four Mar Vista

The second floor's loft-style layout and 12-foot ceiling. 

Four Mar Vista

The kitchen, connected to the outside.

Four Mar Vista

Patio off the kitchen.

Four Mar Vista

The stainless steel appliances are Bosch, the countertops are CaesarStone quartz and the floor is dark bamboo.

Four Mar Vista

Glass stair treads lead to the top floor.

Four Mar Vista

A white palette and high-efficiency fixtures.

Four Mar Vista

The master bedroom has an 11-foot ceiling. The floor plan is open, though the toilet is in a separate compartment. Note the lowered wall on the right, where the master closet is located. The floor on the third level also is bamboo, but stained a lighter color.

Four Mar Vista

The master bathroom.

Four Mar Vista

The office/bedroom on the ground floor.

Pro Portfolio appears on this blog every Monday. Submit projects to home@latimes.com.


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-- Compiled by Lisa Boone

Photos: Jeff Ong