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Pro Portfolio: Nichols Canyon home connects to views

October 17, 2011 |  8:38 am

Steven Kent Nichols Canyon house
A Hollywood Hills home designed by architect Steven Kent is our latest installment of Pro Portfolio, which looks at a recently built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer. The home will be included in the American Insitute of Architects Los Angeles chapter's fall home tour this month.

Project: Design a new home that connects to the outdoors and neighboring canyons.

Location: Nichols Canyon.

Designer: Steven Kent Architects. Contractor: Crane & Co. Structural engineer: Satish Shah Engineers, (714) 632-1865.

Designer's description: The Nichols Canyon house is centered on the pool and expansive views of the surrounding canyon. In order to qualify as a remodel for permitting purposes, the house follows much of the previous structure's footprint.

The house has an open plan with all spaces connecting to a voluminous two-story, glass-enclosed great room. Large sliding glass doors open to an outdoor lounge with pool and spa overlooking the canyon. A floating steel stair structure leads to the loft-like second level. Large walls showcase the brilliant photography and art collection and are washed with an abundance of natural light. Materials include exposed structural steel and steel cladding, smooth stucco, gray maple floors, slate, granite and wenge cabinetry.

Steven Kent Nichols Canyon house
To see inside, keep reading ... 


Steven Kent kitchen
In the kitchen:  Downsview cabinets, glass mosaic tiles, counters made of wenge wood and black honed granite, black slate floor.


Steven Kent living room
In the living room: GammaPar acrylic impregnated maple floor, a pre-finished type of engineered wood; smooth stucco fireplace; Fleetwood windows; and wenge wood cabinets.


Steven Kent Nichols Canyon
Voluminous two-story glass windows in the dining and living area maximize city views.


Douglas Kent master bedroom
The master bedroom and bath. The glass doors are Italian, by Lualdi.


Douglas Kent bathroom
The master bathroom has Agape sinks, Dornbracht faucets, wenge wood cabinets and honed marble.


Douglas Kent Hollywood Hills house

Pool deck and roof overhangs are made of the hardwood ipe.


Douglas Kent pool
The pool and spa, overlooking the canyon.

-- Compiled by Lisa Boone


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


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Photo credits:  William MacCollum