This original two-story mid-century home goes a long way for such a compact space.
Hill House V, as it is now called, recently received a drastic renovation by architecture firm The Archers. With the project completed in 2017, the only significant features remaining from the home’s earlier iteration—which had fallen into a considerable state of disrepair—are the steel beams, the window frames, and the central fireplace at the core of the home.
Meanwhile, a few smaller features have also been retained, including the decorative window screens—water-cut aluminium copies of the plastic originals—and the sconces, which the firm restored to their original quality.
As the name suggests, this mid-century house is located on a hillside, with pleasant views of sunny Los Angeles from one side of the home. But the main event in the house is not the landscape beyond but the gorgeous interior.
The thing that struck us most immediately about the design of this interior was the beautiful patterns that occur throughout. This is most obviously represented in the presence of several rugs, which offer an array of curious geometric patterns, often in somewhat faded colours, but no less vivid.
There’s also some really exceptional ceramic patterns in various spots. For instance, the bathroom features custom ceramic rectangular tiles, ranging from light to dark blue. Likewise, the central living space features custom oyster-coloured triangular cement tile flooring.
All this is accentuated by the extensive use of several varieties of wood in different parts of the mid-century modern house. To take one example, for the ceilings, they used Western Red Cedar. The spectrum of colours produced by this wood allows for a lovely, soft rectangular pattern all over.
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Besides the Red Cedar, the firm makes a point of highlighting the use of American Black Walnut and Rift-sawn White Oak monolithic volumes, as well as high-gloss laminate cabinetry throughout. This proud emphasis on the architectural materials is quite understandable, they really are a feast for the eyes.
Photos by Richard Petit