Pro Portfolio: Killefer Flammang's small-lot homes in Mar Vista
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
Architect: Killefer 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 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 ...
From the entry, stairs lead up to a dining area, kitchen and living area.
The second floor's loft-style layout and 12-foot ceiling.
The kitchen, connected to the outside.
Patio off the kitchen.
Glass stair treads lead to the top floor.
A white palette and high-efficiency fixtures.
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.
The master bathroom.
The office/bedroom on the ground floor.
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-- Compiled by Lisa Boone
Photos: Jeff Ong