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DESIGN REDESIGN LA JOLLA HOUSE SWITCHED FROM MEDITERRANEAN TO MODERN

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SWITCHING STYLES

PARTIALLY BUILT HOME TRANSFORMED FROM MEDITERRANEAN TO MODERN BY MARTINA SCHIMITSCHEK

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Coffered ceilings help reduce the scale of the living room, which opens to the pool deck and the coastal view. JIM BRADY • Brady Architectural Photography

hen this couple with two young children first found their La Jolla dream house, it was about two-thirds complete. “We fell in love with the view,” said the homeowner, who wishes to stay anonymous. But after the couple bought the property in 2008 and drew up plans to finish the home, they realized they would need to go backward before they could go forward. “It was Mediterranean, but they preferred something more modern,” said architect Bill Hayer, who was hired to complete the project with Hill Construction Company and interior designer Helene Ziman. ‘”The biggest challenge was to change the design,” said Ryan Hill, president of the construction company. To transform the Mediterranean design into a contemporary one, the team added a covered walkway and bumped out the side of the garage to add geometric lines to the façade. Mahogany SEE LA JOLLA • 10

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SIMILAR STYLE

Front yard makeover designed to match look of backyard.

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HEATING UP

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CLASSES AND TOURS

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EDITORIAL

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LIGHT AND BRIGHT

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STAFF

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Correction: A story on Maria and Dale Disharoons’s landscaping that ran in August erroneously reported the name of the landscaping company. The name of Juan Dorta-Duque’s company is Stonebrook Landscapes, not Stonebridge Landscapes. The San Diego Union-Tribune, P.O. Box 120191, San Diego, CA 92112-0191 © 2015

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Mahogany eaves and a synthetic slate roof bring a touch of Prairie style to the 8,200-square-foot La Jolla home. The homeowners wanted a family friendly house that can transition into an adult home. JIM BRADY • Brady Architectural Photography photos

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window frames and eaves, along with a synthetic slate roof, add a hint of Prairie style. “There were no rectilinear forms in the front,” Hayer said of the two-story house, which also has a basement. “Now the walkway engages the street and invites you in more sensitively.” A limestone walkway and an 8by-10-foot mahogany pivot front door leads into the 8,200-squarefoot, five-bedroom, eight-bathroom interior, which was completely redesigned to be open and more family-friendly. The original plans called for Gothic arches and an oval dining room. “This house was built for the kids,” the homeowner said. “We built it with them in mind, but we wanted something that can transition into an adult house.” 10

Mozambique wood veneer adds texture to the kitchen cabinets. The homeowners worked with the design team long distance from their former home in Georgia. Clean lines, large open spaces and a neutral color palette define the interior. Visitors are greeted by an abstract aluminum sculpture of an angel in the foyer, one of many original pieces of art throughout

the house, which the homeowner said she collects from “all over.” Hayer said one of the goals was to create large wall spaces for the artwork. To that end, the main floor has 12-foot-high ceilings. Recessed lighting and

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architectural elements were added to the ceilings to define each space and visually reduce the scale of the home. The living room opens to a pool area and sweeping views of the coastline. Stacked sliding glass doors provide a seamless transition to the exterior and allow the view to take center stage. A grand piano occupies one corner of the room. The room is anchored by a large green granite and koa wood fireplace with strong horizontal lines for a contemporary look. A bronze friendship sculpture on the mantel creates a focal point, and the coffered ceiling adds warmth and definition to the space. The backside of the two-sided, freestanding fireplace forms an entertainment area off the kitchen. It includes a television and plenty of storage. Cabinetry throughout the home was deSEE LA JOLLA • 12

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The master bedroom was created as a retreat with calm neutral colors. The furniture was designed by interior designer Helene Ziman and built by T. Michael Brassington of Brassington Caseworks. JIM BRADY • Brady Architectural Photography photos

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signed with the children, ages 6 and 10, in mind, the homeowner said. The idea was to have enough storage to keep toys and clothes out of the way. “The house cleans up nicely,” she said. The pairing of wood and green granite continues in the kitchen. Finely grained Mozambique wood veneer adds movement and a rich, warm tone. “Bill kept the big picture, kept it clean,” the homeowner said of the way the spaces flow into each other. Designed as a tranquil retreat, the master bedroom, which is also on the main floor with panoramic coastal views, has a simple but rich palette of SEE LA JOLLA • 14

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Onyx and limestone insets create a waterfall effect in the shower as well as a decoration in the marble floor. The mahogany cabinets are custom-made. Coastal San Diego Homes • September 2015

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mahogany paired with luxurious fabrics in shades of cream. The furniture is custom-built by T. Michael Brassington of Brassington Caseworks. A granite focal wall, which houses a gas fireplace and a television, creates a kaleidoscope of patterns with the room’s colors. The master bathroom extends the feeling of a retreat, with marble tiles inset with onyx and limestone creating a cascading effect in the shower and a focal point in the center of the floor. But the room is also designed for the whole family. Custom-made mahogany cabinets keep the area clutter-free, and a large chair, designed by Ziman, invites everyone to pile in. The children’s and guest bedrooms are upstairs, while the

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lower floor, created because the house is built into the hillside, is the place for exercise equipment, a yoga area, a play area and a large comfy sofa for watching TV. It also includes a craft room, a kitchen and a music room for the husband, who plays pianos. Acoustic panels covered with photos create colorful artwork in the interior room. The entire project, which was completed in 2010, was done long-distance because the family lived in Georgia before moving. The design was inspired by a home Hayer had built in the La Jolla area, which was featured in a magazine the homeowner saw. “I tore out everything I liked and stuck it in a file,” the homeowner said. The collaboration, she said, “let me live out my inner architect.” Martina Schimitschek can be reached at utcoastal@gmail.com.

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