Erik Blanchard, AIA

Erik Blanchard, AIA

Los Angeles, CA, US


El Porto House

2023 AIA | LBSB Residential Architecture Merit Award Winner

Extensive remodel of a 60’s era, 2-unit residence on a ½ lot in North Manhattan Beach. Our work began in the fall of 2019, working closely with ownership and city planning to rehab the existing structure while elevating a neglected corner lot property with thoughtful design choices. 

Essentially three disjointed levels, efforts focused on a series of new stair flights, to reunite the floors and their new program elements. The stair well, as the central design feature, was designed to collect natural daylight from above and softly diffuse it to spaces below,

The kitchen and baths were re-thought in subtle, simple finishes of white oak and petra grey porcelain with rose gold fixture accents.  White plaster and anodized aluminum, were chosen as exterior finishes for their clean, understated, presence.

The garage door was designed as a flush panel, and clad in cedar with the building address recessed into it, as a lone, ornamental indulgence to an otherwise minimalistic shell.

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Status: Built
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA, US
My Role: Architect, Design Build