Pro Portfolio: In the Hollywood Hills, the ultimate bachelor pad


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On Mondays we post a new home whose design is presented in the architect’s or the interior designer’s own words. This week:

Architect: Dean Larkin,Dean Larkin Design,West Hollywood

Interior designer: Lori Dennis, Los Angeles


Builder: Ivo Della Builders, Torrance
Location: Hollywood Hills

Goal: To remodel and renovate an existing mid-century house so that it’s as dramatic as the spectacular views.
Architect’s description: Our client wanted us to completely re-imagine the existing home and enlarge it to nearly 6,000 square feet. The design takes advantage of the site’s jetliner views and complements the client’s Hollywood bachelor lifestyle. He mandated that there be an indoor-outdoor flow to the house to help facilitate his frequent entertaining. The design completely integrates the rear yard into the home’s main level. The master suite, on the main level, has a covered seating area that extends the sleeping area to the outside by the extensive use of wood ceilings and walls. Also key to the project is the dramatic placement of the pool: Our client can literally step from the living area, through a sliding wall of glass, and into the dramatic knife-edge pool. Lighted with color-changing LEDs, the pool becomes a kinetic work of art.

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LEDs, tucked under the floating stepping-stones above, lead visitors along a corridor to the floor-to-ceiling front door. The wall at right separates the house from the street.

Fleetwood custom doors open the living area, above, to the outside. Trees, such as the one at left, were used throughout the house to further blur the distinction between indoors and out. The custom wall-mounted wine storage unit, above at right, can hold 200 bottles. The bar is faced with bamboo; limestone was chosen for the counter and floor.

Reclaimed white oak was used to add warmth and dimension to the kitchen above, outfitted with Valcucine cabinets in a lacquer finish. Extra storage was tucked out of sight in the base of the island.

The dining room above occupies a narrow space, with the pool at left and a window at right overlooking the entry corridor. More reclaimed white oak was used on columns throughout the house.

The walnut floor and ceiling extends from inside the house to the above outdoor sitting room, where heavy canvas draperies provide the only protection from the weather.


The sitting room above almost demands that the owner live outdoors, with a double daybed suitable for lounging or sleeping. George Nelson Cigar lamps flank the daybed. Note the bedroom in the distance.

A walnut floor and ceiling and a bluestone fireplace add warmth to the above master bedroom, which has a sweeping view of Los Angeles and the ocean. The cantilevered bed appears to hover in space.

Even the master bathroom hews to the indoor-outdoor theme, with floor-to-ceiling glass, a boulder seat in the steam shower, a limestone floor and bluestone walls. The tub is Duravit, and the fixtures are Dornbracht.

-- Anne Harnagel

Photo credits: Ken Hayden and Adrian Van Anz


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