Pro Portfolio: Nichols Canyon home connects to views


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A Hollywood Hills home designed by architect Steven Kent is our latest installment of Pro Portfolio, which looks at a recently built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer. The home will be included in the American Insitute of Architects Los Angeles chapter’s fall home tour this month.

Project: Design a new home that connects to the outdoors and neighboring canyons.

Location: Nichols Canyon.


Designer: Steven Kent Architects. Contractor: Crane & Co. Structural engineer: Satish Shah Engineers, (714) 632-1865.

Designer’s description: The Nichols Canyon house is centered on the pool and expansive views of the surrounding canyon. In order to qualify as a remodel for permitting purposes, the house follows much of the previous structure’s footprint.

The house has an open plan with all spaces connecting to a voluminous two-story, glass-enclosed great room. Large sliding glass doors open to an outdoor lounge with pool and spa overlooking the canyon. A floating steel stair structure leads to the loft-like second level. Large walls showcase the brilliant photography and art collection and are washed with an abundance of natural light. Materials include exposed structural steel and steel cladding, smooth stucco, gray maple floors, slate, granite and wenge cabinetry.

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In the kitchen: Downsview cabinets, glass mosaic tiles, counters made of wenge wood and black honed granite, black slate floor.

In the living room: GammaPar acrylic impregnated maple floor, a pre-finished type of engineered wood; smooth stucco fireplace; Fleetwood windows; and wenge wood cabinets.

Voluminous two-story glass windows in the dining and living area maximize city views.

The master bedroom and bath. The glass doors are Italian, by Lualdi.


The master bathroom has Agape sinks, Dornbracht faucets, wenge wood cabinets and honed marble.

Pool deck and roof overhangs are made of the hardwood ipe.

The pool and spa, overlooking the canyon.

-- Compiled by Lisa Boone

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