A California real estate developer purchased this Santa Monica lot and enlisted Plant Design Partner Ray Kappe to fulfill his vision for a spacious, modern home with panoramic views. Kappe’s design achieved the perfect balance of size, style, sustainability, and jaw-dropping vistas.
The single-family residence is full of of Kappe’s signature touches: the front and sides of the home are designed for privacy, with minimal or high windows and an enclosed deck, while floor-to-ceiling windows along the back of the house offer unimpeded canyon and ocean views. In addition to sustainable materials and construction practices, the design of the home also focuses on energy efficiency: windows and doors are located opposite each other to harness the ocean breeze and reduce the need for air conditioning.
In conversation with the beautiful natural surroundings, this custom home has multiple outdoor patios and decks, as well as an expansive first floor with a chef’s kitchen, living, dining and family rooms—all open and perfect for entertaining. A downstairs guest suite can double as an office space.
A floating staircase leads to four bedrooms, each with its own bath and outdoor space. The master suite is especially large, with a walk-in closet and a private deck with ocean views. The screening room with surround sound and blackout capability offers even more options for entertaining.
Designing with Plant’s processes in mind and efficiently prefabricating the home to Kappe’s exact specifications allowed the client to truly make the most of this unique lot.
5400 sq. ft.
The late Ray Kappe, FAIA, was Plant’s first design partner, responsible for the company’s famous Santa Monica show home (the first home in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification), a number of remarkable custom projects, and several LivingHomes. His residential architecture is world-renown, characterized as 'the apotheosis of the California House.' Kappe’s designs evince a mastery of warm, modern spaces, clearly expressed construction systems, and environmental sensitivity.