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Home Tour: In Brentwood, stucco house gets a fresh new look outside and in

February 2, 2010 | 10:36 am


Sascha Jovanovic had a view he loved and a house he didn't -- and that was OK. With a panorama running from Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Jovanovic decided he could live with the uninspired architecture -- for a time.

After five years, he called in Westside architect Lorcan O'Herlihy. Jovanovic talked about tearing down and starting over, but O'Herlihy suggested another tactic: Wrapping the old house in Textilene 90, a polyester fabric that not only gave the exterior a fresh look, but also shielded it from the Southern California sun.

Read Barbara Thornburg's full story on the transformation and see more pictures in our photo gallery, which includes glimpses of the interior updates as well.

We've also got descriptions of other innovative materials being used on the outside of homes. Click to the jump for photos and details ...


Above: At Formosa 1140, an 11-unit condo building in West Hollywood, architect Lorcan O'Herlihy called upon perforated and corrugated metal siding to shade the entrance and windows.

Wood, steel, glass. Ho-hum. Materials deployed for the exterior of homes are growing increasingly adventurous. We asked Material ConneXion, an international consulting service that advises designers, companies and government agencies on design and construction, to explain some of the newest products to be used in residential projects. Emerging exterior materials include:


Above: Sistema Oltremateria -- This durable surface treatment is nontoxic, fireproof and easy to clean. Color and texture can be customized.


Above: La Terre finishing plaster -- This plaster incorporates waste materials, including ground recycled concrete from old construction. It's strong, it absorbs sound and it does not emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.


Above: Ce DUR -- Eagle Roofing Products manufacturers this composite roofing material that's an alternative to traditional wood shingles. Molded from polyurethane foam, it's lighter than wood yet still durable. Unlike conventional cedar shake, Ce DUR does not absorb moisture, eliminating splitting, warping, rotting and fungus growth. Color runs throughout the material, not just on the surface.


Above: L.I.C from Millennium Tiles: Tiles or sheets are colored using an electrochemical process that thickens the naturally occurring chromium oxide on stainless steel. Color varies from wheat to slate to purple, blue, red or green depending on light conditions and viewing angle. The tiles contain an average of 75% recycled content.


Above: Super Therm -- Made by Superior Products International, this ceramic-based coating is applied by spray or roller to reflect heat on exterior surfaces. It is relatively thin -- about the thickness of a business card -- and it reflects more than 95% of UV radiation. Life span: 20 years-plus.


Above: Kebony 30 by Kebony Products -- This is a treatment for wood. Bio-waste "based upon sugar cane and corn cob proteins" is vacuum-pushed into the cellular structure of birch, beech, maple and other soft woods to make them stronger. Exterior applications include siding, decking, window frames, garden furniture and roofs.

-- Craig Nakano

Photos, from top: Jovanovic house and surrounding hillside photographed by Tate Lown; Jovanovic deck by Michael Weschler Photography; Formosa 1140 photographed by Lawrence Anderson; materials photography courtesy of Material ConneXion