Houzz TV: A Most Unusual Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Houzz TV: A Most Unusual Indoor-Outdoor Connection

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Houzz TV: A Most Unusual Indoor-Outdoor Connection

The location was perfect. Nestled in the woods of Los Angeles, surrounded at night by deer and coyotes, with no neighbors to speak of, this 1950s Hollywood Hills abode was the perfect California hideaway. A five-minute drive put you on Hollywood Boulevard. The western red cedar exterior looked like a cabin, but the midcentury layout felt fresh. Jack Latner had found the perfect house before he even stepped inside.

In 2009, after a year of searching, Latner bought the 1950s Val Powelson home from its third owner. He was easily sold on the property; an 800-square-foot master bedroom addition that enclosed a decades-old California sycamore tree only sweetened the deal. “I thought it was one of the coolest things I’d ever seen,” he says.

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midmodfan
Wow. Or rather: WOW!
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Shiloh F
Unique and so impressive. The house is so interesting - I love it !! Thanks for sharing . Truly amazing
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James D. Rogers, Builder
A Structural Masterpiece! Although I have not built a residence around a Sycamore tree as of yet, there is a tree sculpture design element in the Piedmont, CA home that I built. Love bringing as much of the natural "outside"-"inside" during the build process for a harmonious feeling with the environment.
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Nige Compton
What about termites?
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Mountain ARC
Beautiful house!
The concept is a bit goofy and just slightly novel to me. The massive trunk in the kitchen creates quite an impression but the the trip hazard in the master bedroom seems impractical and adds little or nothing to the space.
Although the house as a whole is a wonderful example of the "outside in/inside out" concept, the tree trunks do nothing to further the idea.
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snuffy81
WOW....stunning home.
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cbhughes
I'd love to know the specifics around the build around the tree- does the arborist believe the stem will not expand any further given the tight finish around it? Is it irrigated given it appears to be cemented in!! Detail please, please!!...
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afrank1
I would be worried about the roots under the foundation (cracking), getting into sewage lines--oh, the possibilities!
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Kathy Dunn
Love this house. Had to laugh at the description of being in the "woods" of Los Angeles...which is actually a desert. The few native trees here are sycamores like this along seasonal stream beds. I would not consider them "woods"!!
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diyer59
Bugs. Think bugs when you put a tree in a house! As much as I love trees and would do a lot to save them, including one in my home (as shown) is not something I'd do. When the tree dies, what will they do?
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FLOR/Interface
Geniuses! Love it and am moving in…see y'all tomorrow.
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Shakeela
Unique!
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spondulux
Absolutely love the Sol LeWitt walls.
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juliede
Tree in our open-plan living area.
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broquet
This looks like it's in Laurel Canyon...? Beautiful area with lots of trees. They have done a beautiful job with this home. It looks modern, welcoming and interesting, without looking sterile and synthetic. Kudos for building around the tree, especially since sycamores aren't always known for being straight!
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goodewyfe
Since they said it is in the Hollywood Hills, I am guessing it is probably somewhere above Franklin Ave.
   
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ghos
OMG!!!!
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victoran
Love this home!
Years ago, a set designer friend built his home in the Hollywood Hills around a tree.
He collected antique toys and his living room was full of display cases full of the toys.
He created his daughter's bedroom to be a "treehouse" with the tree growing up through and around her room. So gorgeous!!
Always wanted to live in a tree house full of glass.
Growing up in Marin County, I visited my math teacher, who had a tree growing up in the middle of his living room.. He lived in a small Frank Lloyd House. Every since then 1960, I've wanted a home like this.
Fabulous!!!
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Caroline Antonipillai
Oh my gosh the trees are so well incorporated in the designs
   
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Larcade Larcade, Architecture, Interior Design
Love the Sol Lewitt. Rare is the client who can see that graphics, here done by a master, is a fabulous art and costs less than so many paintings You placed it perfectly.
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agull
According to the LA Times, the house is in Runyon Canyon. I'm intrigued by the Lawrence Weiner quote above the bed (An Arch Afforded in a Wall of Stone...) which the Latners also used in their home in Toronto.
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maudiej
I LOVE the creativity, warmth and beauty of this house. However I am also intrigued about how homes around trees age. In this house in particular where space has been made for so many branches and limbs - what's the plan for decomposing?
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sherryjubilee

Wow! Awesome to the 10th power! I used to live in the Hollywood Hills in the late 60's early 70's and this video took me back to the good-old-days Now we live in a hillside home in Baja, California Mexico overlooking the ocean. I look forward to somehow incorporating some of Jack Latner's design and style aesthetics into our South-of-the-Border home (which also features a huge amount of windows to view nature). Truly inspirational and the only home that I've ever seen where I wouldn't change one single thing (except maybe the duvet cover in the master bedroom) :-)! Thank you for sharing! P.S. The black and white mural is life changing!

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Elisa

A little slice of Heaven ☮️, Congrats on a job well done!!

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zev4

Not a fan. The tree is dead. It needs a support beam to keep from falling over. Although I guess that resolves any questions you'd have about the tree expanding, or growing new roots. I would feel like it was a failed project, something I couldn't keep alive, hanging over my head all of the time.

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Joan Francesc
Is perfect !
   
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Madonna Gorriaran

That black-and-white mural is gorgeous. I don't know what Mr. Latner and his lovely wife do for a living, but I think taste like theirs needs to be shared. I can't imagine their not being successful as designers.

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loniluna

Amazing property. I wish I could drive into the Hollywood Hills, see such a stunning property and actually buy it!!!

Like the person above, I am not on the duvet cover in the master bedroom, but I am also not keen on the black and white mural. I find busy to the extent that it detracts from other elements of the room and adjoining rooms.

Why sweat the small stuff......live there in a heartbreak. I have always enjoy LA!


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Brette Sumner
Sometimes you see something so beautiful it hurts a little.This is one if them. What a dream come true.
   
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Ollin Laura
so art..so beautiful..
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Brette Sumner
Also. Where do these people get all of their money?! I know it's none of my business, but I'm a curious gal. I'd love to know the dynamics behind how a house like this is possible for such a young couple....
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Julie Johnson

Beautiful home that could make me become a midcentury convert! I wouldn't want to leave it either, Marci : ) Well done, Jack and thanks for sharing!

   
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pgsweetie

I love every single inch of this home! So tastefully done, with heart and soul. And seeing such two happy people living in it. I especially loved that Jack kissed Marci during the footage. What a sweet pair!!!

   
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pigonstick
Like that the homeowner actually know all about his house and not just spend a ton of money for some designers to create a mansion for him. Also love how he is mixing his own personality and family related items with the mid century decor which make it unique.
   
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KimTuttle.com
Phenomenal home filled with Story. I love it! Thank you for sharing your home with the Houzzers!
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chezron

Can I see just photos of this house without watching a video?


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mandcsmamadee

I would love to have a tree house, but this isn't it. But I do understand why the owners love it. My family once stayed in a vacation house built around a tree in N.C. It was creepy and damp and buggy. So glad for the owners this one is bright and sunny.

   
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carrie_geist

Marci and Jack, thanks for letting us be frequent house guests!

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ehtdesign

Gorgeous, gorgeous house. I would never leave that house. Where can you go that's better than that place. Love it!

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lisafran2pdx

Just fabulous! A dream home for sure.

   
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Marie Wiley

Just stunning. I would die there. :) Please include me for cocktails there one day. And if you're planning on getting married...I'll marry you for free! :) Google my name :) Peace & :) Marie Tyler Wiley

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chip666

Where's the swimming pool!?!

   
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Vesper
I question anyone who considers coyotes a good thing. For those not from the area, these things run in the 60-90 pound range, run in packs, kill pets in their yards. They eat garbage, carrion, or fresh meat. They are unafraid and clever.
   
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Michael Geist

Good looking dog!

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Sheila Schmitz

Chezron, there's a link to the story under the video player. Or you can go to it here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/28942738/list/houzz-tv-a-most-unusual-indoor-outdoor-connection

   
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nitpicker

I saw the name and wondered about the Canada Latners. If related, I sort of understand how that house could have been purchased at first look and then additional square footage added.. Not a concern! As for the home it is exceptional. The couple seems to have a firm hand on what they have and are fully able to control of any problems associated with the tree. The art is appropriate and well placed.. I do wonder about fire and all that scrub on the hill throughout the canyon. Not a house for kids, especially toddlers, when that time comes. Still, enjoy as long as you are happy. From Bob Seger:

"In those big city nights
In those high rolling hills
Above all the lights
With a passion that kills

In those Hollywood nights
In those Hollywood hills..."

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brianpeterson_bbd
Bar stools
   
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iti2
I Love the house, it's openness, the tree but I am just curious, how much does a house like that end up costing?
   
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fringedweller

I love everything about this house except for the huge jagged horizontal black lines, which are too overpowering. Everything else; It's da bomb!

   
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Elaine Welzel
I love it! Really awesome;)
   
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Kim Jones

A dream house. Truly astonishing ❤

   
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surfor

An amazing home!

   
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marsia

I love how he said that the tree is like a member of the family! A tree in the family tree!! Gorgeous, well thought out house, inspirational art collection, and a really interesting, happy couple. Wonderful article!

   
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Patricia Crenshaw

Yes it does feel like you"re in the woods. The total surroundings and everything that goes with it gives you a feeling of not really belonging but you are there. the only thing missing is a nice body of water coming out the floor or a beautiful fountain designed especially for the house . I would not want to leave ever. I"m a writer and this home would really inspire me.

   
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SUGARBAKERS
Gorgeous ...well done ... It's very homely . Mother Earth would be proud
   
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Gaby Reyes
I love the amount of open space there is.
   
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AARON B DUKE

I love this house, the architect, and the clients. They get it! They have created a home that tells their story. It is reflection of who they are. In addition, they have created an experiential experience. The tree becomes this great design element that ties the home together. It is brilliant. I appreciate how they used the same architect for the additions to the home. It helps to create a sense of cohesiveness throughout.

As a designer in Los Angeles, we know how important having a seamless flow from the indoors to the outside is for our clients. Outdoor entertaining is an integral part of our lives, since we have beautiful weather year round. Why not enjoy it?

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Darwin McQuerter
Love this house, this family is so lucky! It's almost has a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired feel to it, with a modern twist. Truly amazing.
   
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Judy Kibinge

One of my favorite houses on Houzz. Love it. Well done, guys.

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