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James McGarry

James McGarry

Santa Monica, CA, US

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The new 3-story entry tower.
The new 3-story entry tower.
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Pearson 3rd Floor Addition & Remodel

This house was like an 'Extreme Home Makeover' except we had to work with the existing structure instead of tearing it down completely.  The challenge was to create a third floor on an existing, 2-story, 1950's home in the Ventura Keys.  The owner's wanted a modern retreat where they could also work and entertain, so we decided that a new third floor was the best solution.  

The first floor was kept for the living and family areas, the second floor was reorganized for bedrooms and a new photography studio, and the new third floor was created for a lounge and entertaining space.  Instead of retrofitting the existing structure to accommodate the new third floor, we isolated the new addition with a steel frame that dissected through the existing house.  I helped coordinate the construction documents and the shop drawings while meticulously navigating the strict height restrictions and floor area ratios (FAR's) at the beach.  

 
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Status: Built
Location: Ventura Keys, CA

 
The new entry tower.
The new entry tower.
The new third floor.
The new third floor.
The project was featured in Ventana Magazine.
The project was featured in Ventana Magazine.
Floor Plans
Floor Plans
Sections A & B
Sections A & B
Sections C & D, & Roof Plan
Sections C & D, & Roof Plan
Entry Tower
Entry Tower

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