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A house turned inside out

Barton Myers designed this stunning steel and glass house. With the double paned garage doors open, the kitchen, dining and living rooms open to the outdoor courtyard. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
The guest house, which is part of a separate building across the courtyard, maintains the minimalist décor of the main house. Myers says construction costs for the Westside home were comparable to a high-end, wood-frame house. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
The outdoor patio is warmed by propane lamps and fireplace. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
The living room is bright and modern with a gas fire and window light. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Architect Barton Myers, with Thomas Schneider, at the Westside home. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
A modern chair sits in the kitchen of a steel and glass house. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Papyrus sprays and other exotic trees and plants fill the courtyard outside the living room. A wall separates the courtyard from the street and the sound of water from a reflecting pool spilling into an outer trough helps drown out traffic noise. “There is so much glass in the house that we wanted something really good to look at out those windows. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Spare furniture is in sync with the steel-frame structure. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Architect Barton Myers’ own home in Montecito was the inspiration for the Rogerses’ steel and glass house. (Barton Myers)