Kevin Daly Architects

Kevin Daly Architects

Los Angeles, CA


Santa Monica residence

KDA designed a new house for an extended family in northern Santa Monica. The project is a remodel of an existing 2000 sf one-story ranch house in the North of Montana neighborhood of Santa Monica. It is designed for a growing family with a live-in mother with dedicated office space for both parents.

The design was burdened by several zoning restrictions which necessitated that this project be defined as a remodel. As a result, only 50% of the existing square footage could be added to the project. The existing wood framed structure was maintained with a new steel structure slipped inside to accommodate the new second story and roof garden. All three bedrooms were located to take advantage of views and are shifted in plan in order to conform to the restrictive second story setbacks.

The relatively small bedrooms are made larger by locating one single large opening that looks out to the view and in some cases opens onto the new roof garden. Interior walls on the first floor were removed to create an open, loft-like space in the living/dining and kitchen. Corners of the existing first floor roof and walls have been sliced away to balance the geometries of the new second floor addition.  The exterior is stucco covered with a bright orange elastomeric coating to create a monolithic appearance. The garage is planted with an intensive green roof to be used as a herb and vegetable garden.  

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Monica, CA, US
Additional Credits: photos by Bruce Damonte