Pro Portfolio: Two houses on one lot, a separate-but-equal approach for friends in Silver Lake
Architect: Carter C. Bravmann, InterForm, Los Angeles, (323) 656-7316. Contractor: Mark Blanco, Westmont Construction, Glendora, (626) 485-0912.
Project: Westerly Terrace
Location: Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles
Goal: To create two separate yet equal modernist residences for two longtime friends on a lot zoned for a duplex.
Architect’s description: Zoned for a duplex (R-2 in city of L.A. zoning parlance), this property has been owned by two best friends for years. One friend and his wife lived in one unit; the other friend in the second unit.
Because both worked at home and needed additional space, we devised a means to create two separate single-family houses on the lot. The property is still classified as R-2 with two newly reconfigured units of housing.
The rear portion of the property accommodates a new residence. The existing duplex at the front of the property was converted to a single-family home.
Each friend contributed 50% to the cost, decision-making and coordination efforts. It was a truly collaborative and democratic process. The completed homes also were meant to be examples of the evolution of the Los Angeles archetype: the single-family home. The reconfigured property has ample space and privacy, yet at a higher density than is found elsewhere in Los Angeles. It is also 100% solar powered and 100% solar-hot-water heated.
Each house reflects unique personalities, aesthetics and functional requirements. Each one relates to the other and fosters a sense of community and shared semi-private/public space for impromptu gatherings.
To see more of both homes, keep reading ...
Looking back toward the front door.
The stairs, as seen from the lower level media/family room.
Textured embossed glass provides acoustical separation from the media/family room yet allows light to reach the stairs.
You can see House No. 1 through the glass doors.
The family room, off the kitchen on the main floor.
Corner sliding-glass doors yield another connection to House No. 1.
Upstairs, a den.
In the master bathroom: a stone tile shower and bath and maple cabinets.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo credits: Michael McNamera
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