Before The original house.
After Designer Xorin Balbes and architect Paul Ashley, of TempleHome in Los Angeles, transformed a Hollywood Hills residence, carving out an airier living space that emphasizes the connection between the inside and the outside. To gain usable space in the front yard, the team built a glass-paneled retaining wall close to the street; behind it they put in a pool. They also replaced the aluminum siding on the façade with cedar.
Before The entrance.
New openings in an existing wall along the entrance walk and patio “enhance the area with light, pool views and the sound of water,” Balbes says.
Before A rear wall in the living room was knocked out.
After Double-height glass panels were installed.
Before The living room.
After To enlarge the rooms and accentuate the link among them, the living room was extended to the original footprint of the patio, and the master bedroom was fitted with 30-foot windows to overlook the double-height space. Walker Zanger limestone flooring.
Before The master bedroom.
After “I wanted the entire hillside to be in view from the bed,” Balbes says of the master bedroom, which was expanded to incorporate an outdoor seating area. The vases and table accessories are from TempleHome, the designer’s line; the 1950s Venetian glass low table is by Conrad Divine.
Before As the residence was being renovated, it caught the eye of film producer Bill Block, who lived next door. An admirer of Balbes’s work (“Nothing is too too,” he says), Block bought the house.
After The master bath was updated with glass and marble. Walker Zanger bath and shower tiles
Before The original façade.
After “The cedar siding creates a feeling of a monolithic wood box raised and floating above the glass enclosure of the living room below,” Balbes says of the new façade. The amplified transparency of the first floor and the stairwell emphasize the view of the concrete-tile patio and the pool with its slate fountain.
Starting Over in L.A.: Homes: architecturaldigest.com