This Buena Park home, designed in 1978 by Chicago architect Marcel Friedes, had not been updated since construction. The new owners wanted a total renovation with a floor plan to open the space and maximize natural light. The program called for a contemporary kitchen, new master suite, spa-like bathrooms, study, art studio, and multipurpose space for adults and kids.
At the center of the home was an enclosed two-story atrium, a unique element underused in the original design. Our plan reimagines the atrium as family space. We removed walls to integrate it with the rest of the interior and added a glass roof, creating a light well for the home.
The new atrium is bordered by a rock garden and custom blackened steel planters filled with bamboo. It is further defined by a sunken floor, accessed by sculptural concrete steps that gently undulate into banquette seating and custom shelving. The result is a calming space suited for a variety of purposes.
Sustainable design elements include high efficiency mechanicals, durable finishes, an upgraded thermal envelope, and LED lighting.