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This Rustic Canyon house offers spectacular living spaces in Los Angeles

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This luminous house was designed for family living by Walker Workshop, located in Rustic Canyon, a residential neighborhood and canyon in eastern Pacific Palisades, on the west side of Los Angeles, California. The property of this 4,100 square foot home is heavily wooded and covered with lush vegetation, including coastal live oaks and California sycamores.

Four simple rectilinear wings –containing four bedrooms and the garage –radiate off the corners of this single-story home’s central space: the connected living room and kitchen, whose four walls are made of floor-to-ceiling glass. This enables nature and light to flood into the center of the dwelling at any time of day.

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The north wall contains a small fireplace surrounded by a terrarium-like garden filled with succulents. The south-facing kitchen boasts a soaring fifteen-foot-high ceiling, terminated by a plane of rhythmically framed glass. This “kitchen cathedral” features light-colored marble countertops and simple cabinetry that looks out to a grove of melaleuca trees.

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The material palette is simple and warm. The smooth stucco exterior walls are reduced in scale through small variations in height and depth to reinforce the spoke-like character of the plan and create discrete moments for nature and views to be celebrated.

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To an extent, the interplay of these simple stucco volumes and planted areas are a modern and minimal interpretation of the classic hacienda style home that was dominant in this region a century ago.

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Additional features include a walled courtyard created to make a private play space for two children and a large skylight in the floating ceiling of the primary bedroom that looks up into the branches of one of the existing coastal live oaks on the property.

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Walker Workshop also acted as general contractor for the home’s construction and self-performed the creation of several key elements, including the steel window system and the dining room furniture for the owner, Lisa Petrazzolo who carried out the interior design with Art provided by Creative Art Partners.

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What We Love: This beautiful rustic canyon house offers an experience that is all about the light and flow through the structure, and being as generous as possible with the spaces. The main dining area with its discreet skylight is a very nice feature and the entrance area is inviting from an arriving visitor’s perspective. We are especially loving how the living area looks out into the terrarium and backyard swimming pool, creating a relaxed vibe.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this home? Would you change any of the details if this were your own home? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Be sure to have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the Southern California region: Fascinating minimalist home is cantilevered over the Los Angeles hills and Midcentury ranch home in Mandeville Canyon gets beautifully refreshed.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Fletcher

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