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In Progress: Custom Single-Family LivingHome Designed by the Plant Design Studio


Malibu, CA




4 Bed | 3.5 Bath


3268 sq. ft.

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Plant Design Studio

When our clients lost their home to a wildfire, they came to Plant seeking an efficient design and construction process that would still allow them to create a beautiful, custom home.

The Ray Kappe LivingHome 3 met many of their parameters and kick-started the design phase with an established program: an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths on the first floor, plus a large bedroom suite comprising the entire second floor.

Working from this schematic, the floor plan was flipped to accommodate an existing pool on the property. Next, the primary suite was re-imagined and an expansive roof deck was added to make the most of the scenic property. Sliding-glass doors in the rear of the suite lead to a private balcony for tranquil mountain views, while the roof deck and full-height glass in the front of the suite overlook the Pacific. Signature design elements of the Ray Kappe LivingHome 3 were preserved, including exposed steel framing, a soaring double-height space in the living room, and an interior courtyard separating shared living spaces from private sleeping quarters.

Carved into the hillside adjacent to the home is a three-car garage with a two-bedroom guest house on the second floor. Clerestory windows facing the primary residence ensure complete privacy for both structures, while oversized windows in the the bedrooms and living room frame mountain and ocean views.

The garage will be built on-site while the living spaces are prefabricated at Plant. The 3268-square-foot main home will be constructed as eight Plant Modules and the 822-square-foot guest house will be built as three Plant Modules.


3268 sq. ft.





Plant Modules




Plant Design Studio

Plant's award-winning, in-house design studio is an industry pioneer with more than fifteen years of focused experience designing residential projects for prefabricated construction. Their expertise spans all housing typologies, combining world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to efficient, healthy, and sustainable construction.