Southbay Home II 2021

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ARCHEMY.LA Asia Zdziarska, AIA, NCARB 323-989-2724 yo@archemy.la archemy.la @archemy.LA

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

TELL US WHAT YOU’D LIKE READERS TO

If you didn’t know any better, it would be hard to

KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

imagine that this bright, light-filled, spacious and

It’s our ability to step into our clients’ shoes

contemporary home was a tired, small beach

that gives us an edge. That, and the fact that

bungalow just two years ago. The process of

we design our projects and then we get to

transformation involved chopping off the exist-

build them. We are there from the very begin-

ing gabled roof and adding a third story that

ning to the very end, helping our clients navi-

now has vistas of the ocean from the kitchen,

gate their way through the whole design and

living room and roof deck. The strategic use of

construction process.

windows, colors and textures and the maxim of

I am an architect, and we have a great team of

a place for everything and everything in its place

architects, builders, subcontractors and clients.

make the home feel considerably larger than its

It’s very important to work with like-minded

modest 1,892 square feet.

people because when you embark on the journey

The two large metal barn doors—the heroes of this story—are visible on the exterior southwest corner and tuck away out of sight when viewed

of building a home together, you commit to each other for a long time. And we pride ourselves on being a woman-

from the dining room to create an alfresco

owned and operated business. We feel this

experience. A kitchen island on castor wheels

gives us an edge and insight. Women are great

can be moved aside to make space for morning

project managers—ideal candidates for the

yoga. The vibrant red outdoor roof deck with an

construction industry.

designed rear yard extend the indoor spaces

HOW DO YOU KEEP A MINIMALIST

to the outdoors. The home is playful in its use

APPROACH FROM BEING BORING?

of color and pattern, using repetitive geometric

A successfully designed minimalist space is

shapes throughout.

one where you get to clear your mind but have

There isn’t a space in the entire home that

enough visual interest to titillate your senses at

hasn’t been thoughtfully considered … and it

the same time. People often feel compelled to

shows. Why would you want to go anywhere

add more, but taking away from the clutter cre-

when you can just stay home? Aaaaaah!

ates opportunities and allows one to play with natural light, color, shape, texture and contrast.

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SOUTHBAY HOME II 2021

PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHED BY IVAN FEIGN & RICHARD HAMMOND

amazing ocean view and a small but thoughtfully