This gorgeous home in the Hollywood Hills was designed by LA based XTEN
Architecture. This spacious property is aptly named 'Open House' based
on the ventilation system where every level of the house is open to
capture the prevailing breezes, which passively ventilate and cool the
One of the challenging factors in the creation of this piece was the hill's sharp slope of which the residence embeds.
Each elevation of the house opens up into nature, erasing the boundaries
between indoors and outdoors while connecting the spaces to gardens and
terraces on three levels.
The structure and detailing of the house is more complex than it
appears. Extensive grading and terraced retaining walls were developed
to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create a
garden terraces on each level.
I’m pretty certain we’re all getting bored of the cold weather by now. When the weather is starting to get me down and make me feel glum, I like to give my house a bit of a makeover. If I can make things a little brighter in the home, it puts me in a better mood as I remember that summer is on its way! Plus, if you gave your home a winter makeover, dark colours and fluffy decorations aren’t really going to suit the summer vibes. Use these tips to help you brighten up your home: Read more
Remodelling your home can be a challenge even if you have no other distractions in life. When you combine work, family and a tight budget to the mix, you may really start to struggle with any kind of project going on in the house that may cause a distraction. A tight budget affects most of us at one time or another, but often we just have to get on and complete the project no matter what. Read more
Designer Chris Heininge found a way to turn 280 square feet into something livable and completely beautiful. On the outside, this house may appear small, but it is packing some real luxury inside, which is all that matters. Check out the gallery below: Read more