Terrace Residence

Highland Park, California | 2013

Originally built in 1906, this house was considered a tear-down. There was water and termite damage throughout and the foundation, built on a steep hill, was falling apart. However, with tremendous views and a workable floor plan, the decision was made to restore the property. The interior walls were gutted and the existing ceilings were vaulted. A stepped-up addition at the back of the house brought the floor to the same level as the rear yard, providing direct access that didn’t previously exist. A high ceiling was constructed to create openness at two different levels. New foundations were built and the existing deck was replaced and enlarged to provide outdoor living spaces with unobstructed views.