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Westlake Residence

This house renovation is nestled among live oak trees in the rolling hills of Westlake. Code and permitting regulations required the original slab and certain walls to be reused. The new house is articulated by cantilevered volumes, ribbon windows, two roof decks, a green roof and an infinity edge pool. The division between inside and out is purposefully blurred to take advantage of the spectacular natural setting.

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A raised patio can be seen in another house, but the effect is much different. This stems from putting the seating area under an overhang and the way the plan wraps around a large tree.
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The architects played with levels and selected warm materials that worked beautifully with the natural backdrop just beyond the windows.

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Non uniform width stairs
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different levels to separate space?
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stairs imperceptibly turning into sitting bench
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open passageway
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very nice play of wooden structure
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Indoor outdoor living
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Dark wall w/ green shelf for display
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U shape and pool
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pool deckand garden view from rec room. Display case in hall for nancy's snow people
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Change of levels
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very good
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steps up to connector?
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Cool stairs.
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Covered patio
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Dark internal wall
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Floor frame wall
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Hallwayon garden side
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Like the built-in bench from the stair. Could use as extra storage.
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Cool non-uniform stair size
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If we had to keep our "sunroom", is there a way ours could look more like this? I liked your idea of a mudroom for our sunroom.
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The style
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Steps + bench to outside
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nice design
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modern house
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U shape houseplan
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U shape
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small stairs from hall
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love it
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Design of the stairs and the choice of wood
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U shaped floor plan w/ tree - love
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u shape from inside
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stair to bench idea
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bench/step down idea
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This house renovation is nestled among live oak trees in the rolling hills of Westlake. Code and permitting regulations required the original slab and certain walls to be reused. The new house is articulated by cantilevered volumes, ribbon windows, two roof decks, a green roof and an infinity edge pool. The division between inside and out is purposefully blurred to take advantage of the spectacular natural setting.
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cool bench - step combo down to patio
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stair bench
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woodsy outdoor space
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hardwood floor color
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Stair bench transition
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Possible floor color
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Disconnection of panels to wall
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Dance area
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Casa playita
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wood stairs to sunken living room
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Indoor outdoor
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Step to all purpose room
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like steps
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Split level
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Nice floors, lots of light.
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Back door
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unique stairs
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I like hallway that is exposed to Windows.
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u shape courtyard
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like the levels!!...and ushaped solution
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LIKES : - step becomes bench seating - steps wrap around at bottom
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alternative stepping option
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stairs to dining room
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The stairs.
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Use stairs to set
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Colour scheme wood
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lowered room, steps, home wrapped around tree
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Water surface is close to eye level
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steps of varying heights Could work outside sliding doors
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outdoor indoor
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Cour arrière
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February 27, 2012
steps and how they splay at the bottom - also the bench that is also a step could stop short and be a table next to our bench
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Ventana para el cubo
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stairs for front of house - incorporate bench/ seating
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Tangga kaca window loveee
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love these stairs
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Good way to add storage and seating for great room
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varied heights
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Outdoor views
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creative step design
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love these stairs
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negative edge lap pool on rear deck
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stairs extend to bench
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Stairs to roof deck
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Steps into lounge or dinning area
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the layout
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February 16, 2012
now this is what i like and go after...its not just the declining steps its also the dark wood, the windows, the sitting space...i think a pond should be somewhere in here or my favorite some bamboo...
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belle marches
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Hallway and windows
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The architects played with levels and selected warm From interior : materials that worked beautifully with the natural backdrop just beyond the windows.
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the steps: wood; outdoor dining area with covered
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windows and floors
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Wood faced stairs- Id lamost rather have this then add concrete. and it would add character and be way cheeper
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I like the way everything is opened up and you can see outside from anywhere in the house
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steps look nice and the wood is so inviting..
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extension idea
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modern clean lines, beautiful steps
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Stair design
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tangga dari garasi ke rumah
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lines of house are congruent with the landscape it is set in
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Raised levels
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Slope c pool
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bench and stairs
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deck elevation
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nice step treatment
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stair steps
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varied heights
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stairs that come down 90 degrees and open up
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