It is not very often that the same architect is brought in to revamp and renovate a home even though it has been more than 2 decades since the first redesign. But of W3 Architects found himself in this unique spot as he was asked to expand and revitalize a Santa Monica home from the 1950s that he first upgraded in 1989 himself.
Each of three cottage-style structures of the home has its own purpose with the first one serving as a garage and workshop as it sits at the end of a winding driveway that leads you into the lot.
Despite the more traditional backdrop one is never far away from modern ergonomics and comfort here. Artwork and sculptural pieces that reflect Vietnamese culture and heritage complete this masterful vertical house.
The is filled with ample textural beauty and exudes a relaxed modern ambiance that relies largely on the use of a neutral color scheme and wonderful natural ventilation. While the framing of the entire house was completed in no more than two weeks the off-site development was complemented by parallel foundation work on the lot ensuring that the building time was kept down to an absolute minimum.
Designed by Marina Vella Arquitectos sustainability and an ability to integrate with the natural backdrop were the key aspects that shaped Casa Chontay. A curved stone wall broken up by the presence of sleek tall windows greets you here even as the outdoor dining area and pergola leave a big impression.
It is the top level that holds the bedrooms the nursery and the guest room along with the bathrooms. Responding to the needs of the landscape in which it sits and showcasing eco-sensitive style this is a home that delights in more ways than one!
The latest additions to the home include new bedrooms for kids and additional guest rooms on the lower level along with the reworked living area kitchen and dining space. The use of large floor-to-ceiling glass windows ensure that the interior is always connected with the fabulous landscape outside even as the new green roof and second level with master suite up the style quotient of this California residence.