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38 PAUL BRANT WILLIGER ARCHITECTS Order, Resolution and Beauty

40 LANDRY DESIGN GROUP A Client-Responsive Approach To Creating Homes That

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42 ANDREW SKURMAN ARCHITECTS Crafting The Bay Area’s Finest Classical Residences 44 NMA ARCHITECTS

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46 RICHARD KRANTZ ARCHITECTS Timeless Architecture Passionately Delivered

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Guide To Architects and Builders. This issue offers a collection of architects and builders; the groundbreakers in California architecture. From our cover home by one of California’s most influential architects, Andrew Skurman, to the very modern work of another acclaimed architect, Richard Landry, and the iconic architect, Marc Appleton, we have included what I feel is a group of our best talent .

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ELEANOR SCHRADER Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning professor of architectural history who lectures worldwide on the history of architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts. She has served as a Design Review Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills and has served on the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Historical Society, Beverly Hills Heritage, the Malibu Adamson House Foundation, the Ennis House Foundation, and the John Lautner Foundation. She is a realtor with Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, in the Architectural Properties Division and a frequent contributor to their weekly A & D column for their magazine “View”. See her introduction to Architects beginning on page 33.

While architects are busy in this economy, housing demand continues to outstrip supply in California and builders of both residential and commercial are more than filled with jobs. Real estate writer Kathy A. McDonald gives us more information on the construction industry here in California and how to choose a builder. See her story on page 59. I’m sure as you read this issue and enjoy the visual images of beautiful homes featured you will understand that California has a great diversity of styles in this, the 6th largest economy in the world. As award-winning professor of architectural history, Eleanor Schrader states in her article on page 33. “Where does California architecture go from here? We’ve already been there. We are the groundbreakers”. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief

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KATHY A. MCDONALD

Kathy A. McDonald is a Los Angeles-based, freelance entertainment and lifestyle journalist and photographer. She writes about the intersection of Hollywood and lifestyle, real estate, destinations and the visual arts for print and online publications. A veteran Variety features contributor, McDonald has reported on independent film, documentaries, location production, destinations, real estate and film festivals for the magazine. She’s also an advocate for historic preservation and mother of two sons. See her introduction to Builders beginning on page 59.


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Trousdale Estates: Midcentury to Modern in Beverly Hills By Steven M. Price, Foreword by Brad Dunning Mid-to-late 20th Century Beverly Hills’ homes inhabited by the rich and the famous are glamorously photographed in this well-documented coffee table book by architectural historian Steven M. Price. Here are the private domains of stars like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Groucho Marx as well as spectacular private residences. Full of fascinating facts about the development of Beverly Hills and Paul Whitney Trousdale’s part in it, Trousdale Estates is a must-have for anyone interesting in this pivotal time period. Trousdale Estates was comprised of 410 acres with 535 luxurious mostly single-story houses developed in the 1950s and 1960s. Architects included Lloyd Wright, Wallace Neff, Paul R. Williams and A. Quincy Jones, among others. Many of these houses have since been demolished to make way for mega-mansions, but some still exist. Price features not only the long-gone and remaining houses through archival photographs and stories, but also highlights restorations done by contemporary architects that pay homage to the past. Present day architects include Marmol Radzinger and William Hefner, among others. Architectural Historian Eleanor Schrader remembers, “As the daughter and niece of the general contractors for some of these homes, I was privy to the stories of these homes as they were being built. I was fascinated with the discussion of modern materials, choices for interior spaces and the excitement over the imprint that Trousdale Estates would leave upon Southern California design.” It’s such a treat to leisurely peek at these houses with their accents on the outdoors, swimming pools, architectural curves, over-the-top accessories and modern furnishings. As Brad Dunning says in his foreword, “”It’s also time to lament, remember and appreciate the losses…But most of all it’s (cocktail) time to revel in a strange and extraordinary past, place and era.” Trousdale Estates: Midcentury to Modern in Beverly Hills Written by Steven M.Price; Foreword by Brad Dunning 368 pages; over 300 illustrations Hardcover: US $75/CAN $90 ISBN: 978-1941393376

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Ranches: Home on the Range in California By Marc Appleton, Photographed by Melba Levick Westward Ho was the cry of many an Easterner wanting to experience the promise of a new life. Ranching in California answered that promise for some who followed the traditions of Mexican land-grant ranchos and moved West with their desires for new beginnings. The wide open spaces with seemingly limitless possibilities created a way of living that exists today. Ranches: Home on the Range in California features nineteen ranches that illustrate the California ranch lifestyle that was steeped in self-sufficiency and love of the land. Television shows like Bonanza and Hollywood movies made ranch life accessible to city dwellers who saw a way life so alien from their own. And it was very appealing. This delightful book by Marc Appleton and Melba Levick shows all the archetypal types — from the Spanish-style hacienda of historic Rancho Camulos with its open porch to the New England clapboard traditional of Jack London’s Beauty Ranch. Seen through the knowledgeable eyes of California architect and author Marc Appleton, principal of Appleton Partners LLP-Architects, and notable photographer Melba Levick this fading way of life is well documented so it will never be totally lost. The book celebrates both the history of California ranches and their architecture but also the romance of California’s open spaces and beauty. Ranches: Home on the Range in California Written by Marc Appleton, Photographed by Melba Levick 304 pages; 220 color and b/w photographs Hardcover: US $65 ISBN: 978-0-8478-4866-9 Rizzoli USA

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in the history of architecture has been the frequently played game between conveying a sense of the reality of the moment or of the past, and the sense of a dreamlike quality of the improbable and the unreal. Throughout the ages, this architectural game has been looked upon as a much-relished sport by architects (and also, of course, by their clients) who skillfully manipulated a wide variety of traditional images. Nowhere is this more evident than in California, where even the name itself is thought to be based upon a mythical land. California architecture is a world unto its own. In even the briefest discussion of this subject, the challenge is to know both where to begin and where to end. Within California, there are dozens of styles of architecture, ranging from Adobe to Victorian to the Romantic Revivals to Postmodern. Our basic California roots are Native American, Mexican, and Spanish. The Spanish missionaries were sent to claim this land for the Spanish crown and to try to thwart the territorial ambitions of the Czarist Russians. In discussing this plethora of architectural styles that have developed over two hundred years, invariably one would begin by bifurcating the state north and south. To allow for even greater generalization, we might even call it a Tale RECURRING ELEMENT

of Two Cities—greater metropolitan San Francisco and greater metropolitan Los Angeles. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, these two cities were the economic and cultural powerhouses of the state, steering it to its current level of unparalleled greatness as the sixth largest economy in the world. And so, in searching for an explanation of the diversity of styles within a universe ranging from the foundations of a Chumash Native American village under excavation in Malibu to the award-winning designs of contemporary California architectural luminaries, we grab a tiger by its tail. THE 49ERS The California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers, and by the time California was admitted to the Union in 1850, San Francisco had 400,000 residents. Only photographs remain to show what the city looked like before the devastating earthquake of 1906. The surviving buildings show that the Americans flooding from the East Coast to the West Coast brought with them the established 19th-century Victorian styles including Italianate, Second Empire, and Queen Anne, which continue to grace the surviving parts of the city. San Francisco responded to the earthquake with a new boom of construction of imposing Beaux Arts commercial buildings


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and charming Craftsman Bungalows in residential neighborhoods. The popular Bungalow style spread throughout the state. The houses provided convenient and cost-effective options. Do-it-your-selfers bought full Bungalow homebuilding kits from Sears catalogues and had the ready-to-be-assembled crates delivered right to their property. These houses were also popular because of the interior arrangements of space that created open floor plans and eliminated the hallways and closed-in rooms of the increasingly outdated Victorian home, while integrating the house within its natural surroundings and utilizing the abundance of California’s natural materials. And yet of note is the survival of the Beaux Arts Hotel Fairmont, under construction at the time of the quake, and whose owners hired architect Julia Morgan to manage the repair and renovation of the structure because of her structural engineering expertise. THE RISE OF LA LA LAND This same period concurrently saw the rise of the dusty pueblo of Los Angeles, which unlike its

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rival city to the north, saw slow growth throughout the 19th century. As in Northern California, the earliest settlers from the East Coast brought with them the styles popular in their home towns. But several events around the turn of the century lit a fire under Los Angeles society and among architects in Southern California. The discovery of oil saw the rise of high-stakes capitalism and distinguished residences like the Doheny Mansion of Beverly Hills. Perhaps it was fitting that the first Best Picture Academy Award went to the World War I aviation film Wings, a marriage of two industries, aviation and film making, which further fueled the Los Angeles construction boom. While Los Angeles boasts its fine share of Victorian beauties, the true heyday of original Los Angeles architecture occurred in the 1920’s with English Tudor Revival, French Normandy, and Storybook Style architecture. Inspired by the cozy French and English cottages seen by doughboys in Europe, these homes can be seen in huge numbers throughout Southern California, wherein the fantasy game is played out in its

most charming manner. A very key influence in Los Angeles and Southern California architecture came from a renewed interest in our Mission period in California history. Fueled by the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 in San Diego, the Spanish Colonial Revival style was introduced, and the style with tile, stucco facades, and restful courtyards blossomed in Southern California. The birth of Hollywood coincided with the spread of the Parisian Art Deco style to America, and the Zig Zag Moderne style of the 1920s and the Streamline Moderne style of the 1930s hit their stride in Los Angeles. The glamorous, glittering Art Deco style was seen everywhere, from gleaming downtown high rises to West Hollywood apartment buildings. Hollywood’s lasting effect on architecture continued throughout the ensuing years. In film and in television, homes of the stars and homes depicted in Hollywood scripts began to have increasing effect of the tastes of average families. The classic Dutch and American Colonial Revival sets of series like Leave it to Beaver or Father Knows Best showed an idealized


“Where does California architecture go from here? We’ve already been there. We are the groundbreakers.” suburban neighborhood that faced none of the actual social and intellectual complexities of the new American suburbia. The sunken living room elegance of the popular Dick Van Dyke show may well have paved the road for acceptance of Midcentury Modern and Ranch Houses, which swept the country in the 1950s and 1960s.

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QUO VADIS? NOW WHERE TO? Where does California architecture go from here? We’ve already been there. We are the groundbreakers. The Case Study Program firmly established California as the innovator, the one who foretold the future. Even the quintessential reason to visit California, Disneyland, showcased its popular “House of the Future” exhibit. Opening in 1957 and seeking to project a “modern home” of 1986, the attraction closed in 1967 after welcoming 20 million visitors to an increasingly obsolete attraction (“Look Honey, something called a ‘microwave oven’!”) While still grappling with the problems posed by mega-mansions, architects must be keenly aware of the importance of historic preservation, environmentally conscious design, and denser living. What will be the effect on architectural design as the economy grows but family sizes shrink? Perhaps our best bet for sustainability is to take a cue from the downsizing ways of the Millennials, some of who do not aspire to roomy, singlefamily homes with a back yard, but rather to smaller living spaces in condos with a clean, modern look, easily accessible to work and public transportation. CH


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Paul Brant Williger Architect

ORDER, RESOLUTION AND BEAUTY For more than three decades, Paul Brant Williger has dedicated his talents to fulfilling the residential requirements and dreams of a host of discriminating high-end clients. The reputation he has built is that of a gifted architect with a proven ability to engage with patrons in such a way as to permit them to articulate and realize their own visions. Williger began his career in the office of Robert A.M. Stern and, like Stern, displays a keen understanding of the requisites for luxury living, his bespoke skills having been honed in the affluent enclaves of Southern California, from Laguna Beach and Montecito to Malibu and Beverly Hills. Although known for his fluency in a number of architectural traditions, Williger is not one to place style over substance. “The signature or brand is not crucial for me. What is important is that I have realized my clients’ desires and gone beyond their expectations. That’s when I know I have done my job.” This mantra has served him well and has been one of the keys to his building the exclusive and discerning client base that has followed him to his namesake architectural firm, Paul Brant Williger. “My approach,” he explains, “is to begin with the clients’ dreams, together with the site and the project parameters, and to articulate these into a built form. My task is to find the opportunities in each situation which, when addressed intelligently, add depth and richness to a project.” My clients come to me because they know that along the way we will navigate that process without losing sight of the aesthetics. The goal is order, resolution and beauty--not just getting a building permit.” Paul Brant Williger Architect, 110 N Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310.490.2742, www.willigerarchitect.com

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Landry Design Group A CLIENT-RESPONSIVE APPROACH TO CREATING HOMES THAT CHALLENGE THE IMAGINATION Richard Landry, AIA, established Landry Design Group in 1987. With clients worldwide, the firm is internationally renowned for its design versatility and for its service-oriented philosophy. Producing residences ranging from classical estates and cozy rural villas to cutting-edge contemporary structures, Landry Design Group continues to raise the standards of high-end residential architecture while intimately involving its clients in the design process. Landry Design Group has received scores of coveted national and international design awards, including the prestigious “Stars of Design” Award from the Pacific Design Center; 63 Gold Nugget Awards from the PCBC; three Best in American Living Awards from the NAHB; the Builder’s Choice Award; and the International Property Award, Americas Division. In recognition for his achievements in the field of architecture, Richard Landry has been on the Architectural Digest AD100 list of top 100 architects/ designers in the world numerous times and has been on Robb Report magazine’s recommended list of best architects since 2007. In 2013, Robb Report named Richard Landry a “Leader in Luxury” in the field of architecture; additionally, residences designed by the firm have been celebrated five out of the last seven years in Robb Report’s annual Ultimate Home issue, with lengthy essays in the magazine. Even with a portfolio of over five hundred completed homes, Landry Design Group welcomes each new project as an opportunity to further challenge the imagination and create a residence that perfectly fulfills the requirements and dreams of its diverse clients. Landry Design Group, 1818 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310.444.1404, www.landrydesigngroup.com

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Andrew Skurman Architects

CRAFTING THE BAY AREA’S FINEST CLASSICAL RESIDENCES Andrew Skurman Architects collaborate locally and globally with their clients, the top interior designers and the finest craftsmen to produce beautiful, traditional homes. They have received five Julia Morgan awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Skurman has been named a Chevalier of Arts and Letters from France for his work in the French Classical tradition and has been a visiting artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome. A monograph of Skurman’s work ‘Contemporary Classical’, has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press. Andrew Skurman Architects, 3654 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118, 415.440.4480, www.skurman.com

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NMA Architects

NO ONE KNOWS QUITE HOW TO CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE LIKE NMA NMA Architects work with clients who appreciate what the Santa Barbara life is all about. People who not only want a home designed around their own unique lifestyle, but one that’s also sensitive to the local environment and connected to the beauty around it. This way of working comes directly from the deep-rooted beliefs of partners Dave Mendro and Mary Andrulaitis. They have been in California over 25 years, earning their credentials as old-school locals, and constantly evolving their understanding of the central coast, creating close relationships with local craftsmen, designers and agencies so their clients get the very best results. It’s also important to NMA that they spend as much time as possible with each client, from first sketches to the last day of the build, being there every step of the way. It’s all of these things together that make the difference between a good project and a great one. NMA knows their work needs to be more than just beautiful, it also needs to complement and respect this place we’ve all grown to love. NMA Architects, 888 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013, 805.684.8885, www.nmaarchitects.com

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Richard Krantz Architecture, Inc. TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE PASSIONATELY DELIVERED

Whether designing classically traditional architecture on estate land, or more cutting edge contemporary architecture on blufftops overlooking the ocean, Architect Richard Krantz AIA applies the same timeless principles for good design — building massing and composition, authentic architectural detailing, inspiring and creative interior elements, all synchronized into a complete thought that celebrates the exceptional land and the homeowner’s specific tastes. Newport Beach based Richard Krantz Architecture, Inc. is a boutique architectural firm with Richard Krantz personally designing every home. Supported by a seasoned staff, Richard Krantz has been designing new construction custom homes for the last twenty five years throughout the Southern California area and beyond. Richard Krantz Architecture, Inc., 1500 Quail Street, Suite 520, Newport Beach CA 92660, 949.752.6345, www.richardkrantz.com

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Richard Manion Architecture

METICULOUS WORKMANSHIP, SUPERIOR SERVICE AND HISTORICAL ACCURACY ARE HALLMARKS OF RICHARD MANION ARCHITECTURE “I have lived on the East and West Coasts so I enjoy designing residences inspired by the great homes of Europe and the U.S., and adapting historical precedents to modern living,” says Richard Manion, president of Richard Manion Architecture. Manion, who grew up in New England and has lived in Los Angeles since 1987, has garnered an international reputation for his interpretations of historical architectural styles tailored to the contemporary lifestyles of his clients. The firm is also working on an increasing number of streamlined classical and contemporary projects. “Our main goal is to deliver an even better version of their home than the one they envisioned,” Manion says of his clients. The firm’s current portfolio includes projects in California, New York and Hawaii as well as overseas commissions in China, Singapore, Indonesia and the Middle East. Richard Manion Architecture’s projects have been featured in leading magazines and books, including Architectural Digest, Robb Report, Veranda, California Homes and Period Homes, and the first monograph of the firm’s work New Classicists: Richard Manion Architecture was published by Images Publishing Group in 2011. Richard Manion Architecture, 11400 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 410, Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310.858.8525, www.richardmanion.com

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Michael Lee Architects

THIS AWARD WINNING FIRM PROVIDES UNIQUE AND DRAMATIC ARCHITECTURAL SOLUTIONS Since its inception in 1991 Michael Lee Architects has focused on the design and construction of primarily residential projects throughout the Los Angeles Basin. Serving as the principal architect or in collaboration with others, the firm has been honored by the American Institute of Architects and published internationally. The current portfolio includes residential, mixeduse, office re-habilitation and restaurant work with the priority remaining always on providing unique and dramatic architectural solutions. This 3500-sf single family residence sits at the top of the historic sand dune that created the Manhattan Beach “Sand section”. A prominent perch gives the house unusually dramatic views stretching from Palos Verdes to Santa Monica, and the four-level home is designed to maximize those views. The kitchen, dining, and living rooms comprise the “great room” on the top floor, and the bedrooms and garage occupy the middle levels. In the basement, a “man cave” with a frameless glass wine cellar, a home theater and an outdoor spa complete the program. A wood and steel, switch back stair connects the four levels around a floating fire place and saltwater aquarium and a skin of bleached Cumaru clads the building in beautiful wood. Michael Lee Architects, 2200 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310.545.5771, www.mleearchitects.com

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Rachlin Partners

ARCHITECTURE THAT IS INNOVATIVE AND AUTHENTIC Rachlin Partners is an award-winning, fully integrated architecture, planning, interior design, program management and construction management organization. Established in 1982 in Los Angeles, California, Rachlin Partners has expanded into one of the top 40 architecture firms in L.A. today, as named by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Rachlin Partners practices an architecture that is innovative and authentic. The firm believes in socially responsible public architecture. Approximately 80% of its projects involve public funding. They have learned that certain responsibilities come with public work. Rachlin Partners encourage public input, as it enriches design and makes it truly representative of the community for which it is intended. Rachlin Partners has received numerous local and national design awards, including several coveted Gold Nugget Awards, a CASH – AIA/California Council Award, and multiple awards from Learning by Design and from the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission for Historic Preservation. Rachlin Partners is founded on a strong conviction in the power of architecture to positively shape the way we live, work, socialize, and play in a built environment. Rachlin Partners, 8640 National Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, 310.204.3400, www.rachlinpartners.com

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Designing homes that feel like resorts, and hotels that feel like home, Oatman Architects, Inc. is a design collaborative specializing in distinctive residential and hospitality projects around the world. Founded by Homer and Laura Oatman in Newport Beach, California, Oatman Architects, Inc. provides unparalleled personal service to discriminating clients for ultra-luxury resort-like high-end custom homes in distinctive Orange County communities such as The Strand, Shady Canyon and Crystal Cove, as well as specializing in sustainable “green” luxury hotel, hospitality and spa projects throughout the world. Homer Oatman’s architectural career reflects the fulfillment of a lifelong passion for art, architecture and travel. In addition to designing some of the most significant homes on the Newport Coast, his resume includes projects in Latin America, Hawai’i, Asia and the Middle East. Oatman Architects, Inc., 412 31st Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949.675.1755, www.oatmanarchitects.com

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Taylor Lombardo Architects

DESIGNS THAT REMAIN TIMELESS, INNOVATIVE AND ENDURING Taylor Lombardo Architects is an award winning Architecture and Land Planning firm with offices in San Francisco and Napa, California. Partners Tom Taylor and Maurice Lombardo specialize in custom residences and wineries of diverse vernaculars, each tailored to the specific needs of their client. They have designed over thirty wineries including Silver Oak Cellars, Kelly Fleming Wines, and Nickel & Nickel Winery. Additionally the pair has extensive experience in hospitality and retail design. The location of their projects has ranged from local to international as well as throughout the United States. Each structure is created to be site sensitive and environmentally responsible. Integrating sustainable materials with state of the art technology allows the firm to create both traditional and modern designs that meet all of the challenges of today’s green, energy efficient requirements, without compromise to style, comfort, or beauty. The results are designs that remain timeless, innovative, and enduring. Taylor Lombardo Architects, 529 Commercial Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415.433.7777; 7757 Saint Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94562, 707.944.9052, www.taylorlombardo.com

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to outstrip supply in California. While not the best news for potential homebuyers, the need for housing coupled with low inventory represents economic opportunity for the homebuilding industry. For those looking to build or renovate a custom home, the good news is the industry is robust. (In 2016, the Construction Industry Research Board pegged it as a $31 billion business in terms of permit valuations.) There is ample competition when it comes to choice of architect, contractor and materials. When selecting a contractor, technical expertise is a must. Expertise is fairly quantitative and easily researchable. (California maintains an online database of contractors, their current licenses and standing.) Among questions to ask: Have they built in the same general area or undertook a project with the same kind of geography such as hillside or beachfront? OUSING DEMAND CONTINUES

On a personal level, the key consideration is whether client and contractor connect. “You could be spending the next two or three years with these people,” points out Shane Mahan, regional executive, Kitchell Custom Homes, a luxury custom homebuilding firm based in Santa Barbara. “Get to know them and hopefully you can build a rapport and establish trust in a short amount of time. You have to know you can trust or work with this person,” says Mahan. In some areas, Mahan also recommends working with a land use specialist to expedite the permitting process, particularly in coastal regions. And as the state pushes towards energy efficiency in new homes—by 2020 all new residential construction is targeted to be net zero, reducing energy needs and improving the environment in the long term—green building consultants provide an essential service navigating these recently established

requirements. Although California homebuilders are trailblazers when it comes to green building and LEED certifications, for consumers, this push towards green principles often equates to increased upfront costs. Despite high demand and the key economic importance of the housing business, there are many challenges for the industry in California for both contractor and consumer, from a myriad of local, state and federal regulations to zoning and building codes revised at a fast pace, to the upward trajectory of permit fees, labor and materials costs. Navigating the complex building process comes down to choosing an experienced firm and finding an expert who can make this very personal vision of home come to realization. Turn the page for a guide to those in the business who can transform this dream into a brick-and-mortar or steel-and-glass reality. CH


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Kitchell Custom Homes

LUXURY HOME BUILDER SHANE MAHAN SHARES HOW TO CREATE COASTAL HOMES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME Kitchell Custom Homes’ craftsmanship and versatility spans sophisticated, complex projects such as the renovation of the iconic Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara to some of the most elegant residential estates in the West. Drawing on more than 65 years of multi-faceted construction capabilities, employee-owned Kitchell Custom Homes has become the signature homebuilder of Santa Barbara with a growing roster of luxury homes in Southern California. The company has a successful track record managing extensive projects from its additional branch offices in Glendale, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii. Homeowners turn to Kitchell Custom Homes for its high level of service, unparalleled quality and client-focused experience, in addition to its deep well of technological expertise and resources. There is no job too ambitious or too modest—as evidenced by the firm’s completion of both large and smallscale custom home properties of every architectural genre. Homeowners trust Kitchell Custom Homes to create their legacy, knowing that the company’s highly-skilled builders provide a superior level of detail and originality, ensuring project excellence every time. Kitchell Custom Homes, 925 De La Vina Street, Suite 201, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 805.969.1531, www.kitchellcustomhomes.com

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Crawford Custom Homes

ORANGE COUNTY’S MASTER BUILDER OF LUXURY HOMES FOR OVER 35 YEARS Incorporating the highest level of quality, meticulous attention to detail, and a professional approach to construction, since 1981, Crawford Custom Homes continues to be the Master Builder of luxury homes for Orange County families. Devoted to honesty, integrity and fairness, Crawford Custom Homes is committed to providing unparalleled customer service, expert management, flawless quality and diligent project scheduling for timely completion. Crawford Custom Homes creates a dynamic atmosphere by vesting into a partnership with you, your design professionals, and the best artisans and material suppliers in the industry to provide a unique, sophisticated and luxurious custom home for you and your family to enjoy for many years. Crawford Custom Homes, 245 Fischer Avenue, Suite B-1, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714.545.0904, www.crawfordcustomhomes.com

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Glass Residential Group

GRG CREATES A SENSE OF PLACE The Glass family designs and builds custom residential masterpieces noted for their luxuriously livable European style. As the third-generation head of Glass Residential Group, Rob Glass travels the globe – from Milan to Morocco, Paris to Provence, Chianti to the Cinque Terre – to draw design inspiration from the most beautiful estates in the world, and to bring back the breathtaking antiquities that give Glass projects a history, refinement and unique sense of place that cannot be duplicated. Discerning clients choose Glass Residential Group for homes that reclaim the luxury and elegance of yesteryear, while including state-of-the-art amenities. Every residence in the Glass collection is a unique work of art, reflecting the unwavering passion the firm brings to the process. You will find landmark Glass Houses on the West Coast’s most prestigious enclaves, including Beverly Park, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Newport Coast and Beverly Hills. Glass Residential has established an impressive portfolio of homes for notable clients, including Rod Stewart, Kenny G and Sugar Ray Leonard. Glass Residential Group, 2461 Santa Monica Blvd. #522, Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310.276.3031, 949.854.1800, www.glassresgroup.com

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Corbin Reeves Construction CORBIN REEVES CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES TO HELP THEIR CLIENTS RECEIVE THE CUSTOM HOME OF THEIR DREAMS Approaching three decades in the home building industry gives Michael Reeves an intimate knowledge of his craft. His firm, Corbin Reeves Construction, was founded on a desire to combine his myriad of passions. “I wanted to be a carpenter, then an architect, a developer, a general contractor, and then I realized that home building encompasses something in each of those,” he says. “The process of creating is what motivates me.” Building various architectural styles and locations throughout Southern California – from an ultramodern home in the Hollywood Hills, an authentic French château on the ocean to an Italian cliffside villa overlooking the ocean – Reeves and his team possess experience in precisely executing the client’s vision and fulfilling their dream. “At this stage I like to do projects that are unique and challenging,” he says. “I enjoy learning about the latest products and designs and implementing them.” A philosophy based on a collaborative spirit has resulted in a steady stream of impressive clients and residences for Corbin Reeves Construction. Whether the project is traditional or contemporary, the firm aims to meet the client’s needs and the architect’s vision. Currently a majority of Reeves’ projects are second and third homes, commissioned by clients who trust him to execute their vision while they reside elsewhere. “My favorite part of a project is revealing the end product to the client, especially when they have been gone for months and haven’t seen much of the construction process,” he enthuses. “When we do an unveiling, they are often moved to tears. That is an extraordinary moment for us.” Corbin Reeves Construction, 3199-A2 Airport Loop, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714.540.3700, www.corbinreevesconstruction.com

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Shawn Nelson Builders

SOME SAY A HOUSE IS WHERE YOU LIVE, BUT A HOME IS WHERE YOU MAKE MEMORIES Shawn Nelson Builders believes that the construction process should be included in those memories: where the homeowner is part of the experience, always informed, and assured of value without any sacrifice of quality. Their mission is simple – to build a home that is elegant in its execution and endures the test of time. Building and remodeling homes in Los Angeles since 2003, a visit to any one of their projects will demonstrate that not only are their projects beautiful, but that they are built with quality and hold up extremely well over time. According to Shawn “Whether your project is ground up or a remodel, even after the plans are finalized and the permits pulled, there are still literally thousands of decisions to be made by a client when building a home.” SNB utilizes project management methods developed in the commercial construction market and refined over the last 15 plus years in residential construction and applies them to the home building process, ensuring that the client is well informed throughout the process, always in control, and able to be out in front of the decision making process. Shawn Nelson Builders, 124 Center Street, 1st Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245, 310.802.1932, www.shawnnelsonbuilders.com

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Mark Drexler +Associates PRESCIENT VISION, ENGAGED COLLABORATION AND FLAWLESS EXECUTION ARE HALLMARKS OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS

Mark is a graduate of the University of Washington College of Architecture and Planning, where his curriculum included participation in the Rome and Italian Hill Town Architectural Studies program. The breadth of Mark’s project experience spans several countries, including Africa, England, France and Italy, as well as many domestic locales, in addition to Southern California. As a boutique builder working from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, Mark has over 40 years of experience in building, architecture and design, enabling his firm to contribute toward end results of discerning and distinctive quality. The firm advocates for clients and their needs during the construction process, and is committed to the relentless pursuit of what the client, architect and designer are striving to achieve. Mark is decidedly hands-on and passionate about the details, and he endeavors to make the shared journey to the client’s new home an enjoyable experience along the way. There is no greater compliment one can receive after completing an initial project, than to have the client return to the firm again and again, with exciting new projects to undertake together – this is a great source of pride for Mark. He is often asked which is his preferred style of design to build and his response is simple - any work that is thoughtfully rendered, and constructed with skill and mastery. Mark Drexler + Associates, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, 310 666 7162, info@markdrexlerassociates.com, www.markdrexlerassociates.com, CA License 794343

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Rococo & Taupe GREAT DESIGN IS WHERE IT BEGINS Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the team at Rococo & Taupe are masters in the art of kitchen and bath design. Their award winning designs are beautiful, functional and tailored to each client’s personal style. With over 25 years of experience in residential design and construction, the experienced team at Rococo & Taupe is devoted to the client from the initial planning phase until the finishing touches are complete, thus simplifying the design and building process. Owner and designer Keith Quiggins explains the key to success at Rococo & Taupe is collaboration; client and designer working together to create a home that is both personalized and unique. The studio in downtown Menlo Park features gorgeous kitchen and bath vignettes in classic traditional, transitional, and contemporary styles. Beautifully crafted cabinetry, stunning counter tops and splashes, the latest appliances and even “The Galley Sink,” a multi functional work of art, are all a must see! To experience Rococo & Taupe for yourself, visit the design studio in Downtown Menlo Park. Rococo & Taupe, 844 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, 650.308.9690, www.rococoandtaupe.com

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