Pulling cues from the farmhouse concept, this house takes some features of a traditional home and fuses it with California Modern with minimalist architectural characteristics. At 4000 SF with a 2000 SF basement, this home features an L-shaped floor plan that opens up at entry. The kitchen and separate family room and living room all face the outdoors via large sliding doors. The floor plan as well as dramatic cathedral ceilings provides maximum access to the outdoors while not leaving each room too open. The roof deck and basement provided the opportunity for a dramatic 4-story “jewel-box” modern staircase which accesses more amenities such as billiards room, wine room, and media room. A raised wood deck with in-ground pool at the level of the main house extends the indoor-outdoor relationship and makes the first floor appear larger. The accessory guest house with bathroom and outdoor shower plays off the same exterior and interior attitude of the main house with access to the outdoors on two sides as well. Completed in 2019.
With its “no frills” interior, Antico seamlessly and simultaneously showcases the prodigious cooking talent of its owner, Chef Chad Colby, and hearkens back to the small traditional Italian eateries that inspired it. Minimalist design paired with well-worn furniture and an open-fire cooking concept combine to invoke family dining on a bigger scale. Completed in 2020. As featured in LA Times, LA Eater, and Food & Wine.
Westchester Modern Farmhouse+
Westchester Modern Farmhouse
Merging a new and more human, modern farmhouse aesthetic and the bones of a post-war production house, this major remodel and addition creates a home with a sense of place and belonging. Our design inspiration for this home focused on the characteristics of the location both from a design perspective as well as social perspective. Using the farmhouse as influence, we are creating a modern yet nostalgic design aesthetic – touching on the elements of home, family and permanence updated for modern living. This neighborhood is well-known for its great sense of community with an emphasis on families. The design of the house reflects that with a community-oriented front porch that creates a connection between the neighborhood and the home. The great room with adjacent convertible office / additional bedroom works well for growing and extended families. At around 2000 SF the house employs a strategy of compression at the entry (in floor area only) and vaulted expanse at the living area. This transforms the experience for the home’s occupants and creates a secure and inward facing environment – perfect for game nights! The gallery hallway provides a needed transition away from the public spaces to the bedrooms wing – while staying bright and open. Completed in 2019.
Calo, El Segundo+
Calo, El Segundo
Calo is a project by third generation restauranteurs Clemente Heredia and his wife Karen who turned to Hamilton Architects for their El Segundo, CA location. Originally designed by the landlord’s architect to be a bank, Hamilton Architects worked creatively to introduce a mezzanine into the space. The mezzanine allowed a greatly increased seating arrangement while maintaining the double height volume within the building. The building was originally designed to include finishes that were selected to be cost-conscious while conveying luxury and a modern Mexican vibe. Completed in 2018.
Modern Farmhouse, Mar Vista Hill+
Modern Farmhouse, Mar Vista Hill
Making a tribute to the Modern American Farmhouse, this 4200 SF home on Mar Vista Hill is appointed with balancing both new and traditional design principles. Throughout this extraordinary home’s bright open spaces, elegance is achieved in the details. Pocket glass doors, create a refined indoor/outdoor entertainment experience for family & friends alike, along with the media room basement which features its own glass front, fireplace, & bathroom, able to be transformed into a bedroom. Following the staircase upstairs are spacious bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms & city views. The master bedroom suite features skylights and is accented by high vaulted ceilings and custom finishes. Completed in 2019.
32nd St, Santa Monica+
32nd St, Santa Monica
At 4,400 square feet, this home in Sunset Park had the potential to overwhelm its site. In an effort to be a conscientious neighbor, the second floor is stepped back from much of the first floor footprint. To emphasize the lot size and create opportunities for indoor/outdoor living we used an oversized multi panel door with a post-less interior corner. The post-less corner emphasized the interior street, created by stacking the circulation on the first and second floors.
Project completed June, 2016.
Mar Vista Modern+
Mar Vista Modern
This modern home in Mar Vista in Los Angeles is a ground-up new 2,400 SF home that takes advantage of the available area with a streamlined efficient use of space. The open floor plan reduces circulation space and allows conversation and smooth transition from kitchen to living and dining areas. The fireplace and living room are situated for one to also enjoy natural light and views out as well through the use of sliding doors and large windows on all sides. The second floor offers three main bedrooms with private balconies for each and en-suite bathrooms and custom vanities & finishes. The home totals four bedrooms including a flexible room serving as office or bedroom downstairs. At the rear of the property are a detached garage and a separate recreation room with bathroom at 229 SF, which features its own private patio. Completed in 2019.
El Segundo Cape Cod+
El Segundo Cape Cod
This design for this new home marries a traditional design typology of the classic Cape Cod with a contemporary aesthetic to ensure a respectful blend into an established Southern California neighborhood. The outside skews more traditional while the interior, with its open floor plan in the public areas lends itself to the way people live today. Vaulted ceilings with exposed collar ties, skylights and glass exterior doors in the living areas make the home feel bright and airy. The bedrooms are separated from the living areas by a hallway for privacy that also opens up to a private side yard. The Master Suite has its own connection to the outside in that it features French doors that open outside to a private deck.
Belmont Ave. Duplex+
Belmont Ave. Duplex
Echo Park, Los Angeles
The project on Belmont Ave. is a three-story 3100 SF duplex in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, steps away from Echo Park Lake. To remain consistent with the existing architectural character of this area, this project was conceived in the Craftsman style as a nod to this typology that began to appear after the turn of the century. Details such as horizontal siding, shingles, low-pitch gable roofs, projecting rafters & brackets, and multiple decks help set up the overall historic character and also translate to a cohesive relationship to the interior spaces. The units’ interiors are bright through the providing of ample fenestrations and access to multiple private porches and roof decks to views of Downtown Los Angeles. Completed in 2018.
The Hearth and Hound+
The Hearth and Hound
Self-proclaimed as “an ode to California’s bounty from Chef April Bloomfield”, Hamilton Architects teamed up with Roman & Williams on The Hearth and Hound on Sunset Blvd. Set in “the fire-lit warmth of a historic Hollywood landmark”, the space is a restoration of a 1920s building featuring a mix of Mediterranean glory and Hollywood glamor. The restaurant’s features include a patio flanked by umbrellas, fountain and olive tree, as well as a wood burning hearth and The Casablanca Room.
Sunset Park, Santa Monica+
Sunset Park, Santa Monica
At 3200 SF, this new home on 32nd St. makes the most of a narrow lot. Privacy and articulation are the primary concerns at the first floor street elevation. The side-approach entry reduces the distance to daylight upon entering the house. This reduction of distance to the exterior makes the occupants more connected to the surrounding landscape. An office acts as an oculus at the street façade, offsetting the communal spaces that dominate the first floor. The open plan, exaggerated island, and oversized multi-slide doors create connection to the pool. The wood & glass staircase transitions to the second floor, features a communal stopping point at the upper landing, and unpackages the sleeping areas of the home. Upstairs features a glass-walled master suite that opens large sliding doors as a “Juliet” balcony to the ocean breeze and the pool below. The master bath features a “wet room” style shower and tub layout and his/hers sinks. Completed in 2017.
Barman II is a 2200 SF major remodel and addition for a repeat client that pays homage to the minimal Mid-Century designs of yesterday. This one-story addition to an existing house features many custom and unique qualities on the inside without being too imposing on the outside. It has a seamless connection from Entry and Dining Room through the Kitchen and Living Room, eventually leading to the outdoor patio. Skylights and clean lines brighten up the central heart of the home and the circulation essentially becomes integrated to the core. The sunken living room with a higher ceiling plane provides a warm intimate area to gather and leads out to an equally intimate patio. The Master Bedroom suite features a bright Master Bathroom, an exposed, polished concrete finish, and is organized in a way to also provide a private connection to the backyard. Completed in 2017.
Allaseba Drive Home+
Allaseba Drive Home
A ground-up home on Mar Vista Hill, this two-story residence for a repeat client sits on a 9,200 SF lot. As a part of the modern farmhouse typology, this 4,000 SF home provided opportunity for vaulted ceilings, custom lighting, and finishes including reclaimed wood, board-and-batten, standing metal seam roofing, and more. Generously-sized sliding glass doors provide a smooth connection to the outdoors from the living room, family room, and convertible office/guest room. The master bedroom connects as well to the outdoors via its own private balcony. The backyard offers firepit and trellised outdoor dining areas.
Warren Avenue House+
Warren Avenue House
The home on Warren is a major remodel and second-story expansion creating a two-story 3,400 SF home on a 6,000 SF lot on Mar Vista Hill. The dramatic first floor entry swings into an open floor plan which still implies a formal living room and convertible den/office with its own full bathroom. The back faces a split grass and wood deck yard space with custom barbecue and seating. The second floor features include partial views of the ocean and of the LMU bluffs and three bedrooms with sweeping angled ceilings receiving broad natural daylight. The master bedroom has his-and-hers sinks and large tiled wet-room shower with a soaking tub and accordion doors out to a sunny balcony.
El Segundo Modern+
El Segundo Modern
This 3,400 SF home is a ground-up home for a growing family in El Segundo with custom needs. Making the most of the tapering lot on which it was built, the house has “axis lines” in its floor plan that create a sense of discovery when moving through the house. Exterior penetrations were limited and concentrated to reduce noise pollution from the nearby airport. The kitchen, living room, and den all face large sliding doors out to the trellis-covered patio and pool while upper clerestory windows help bring more light in addition to these doors. When the doors are open, the first floor becomes activated as one unified space, open to the outside, and ideal for hosting. The home features a den with custom wet bar for the owners, who are consummate sports fans. Other custom features include custom tiling, a “Big Ass Fan”, a garage sized for recreational boating vehicles, and a sitting area at the second-floor landing to be used as a space for children to use. Completed in 2018.
House on Selby Ave+
House on Selby Ave
Selby is a new home for a new client in the West L.A. / Rancho Park area. At just over 3,440 S.F., the home utilizes a variety of siding styles and orientations to evoke movement to the static boxes that comprise the exterior.
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Located in Hollywood, Gwen is the latest restaurant by famed chef Curtis Stone and his brother, Luke. Owing its name to a grandmother of the brothers, Gwen utilizes a large double-height space as a focal point around which the butcher shop, kitchen, bar, and the upstairs barrel-vaulted wine cave dining room revolve. Working with the creative team at Home Design, Hamilton Architects negotiated normal city approvals plus the consent of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning’s Office of Historic Resources.
A new food and drink establishment in the ultra-modern One Santa Fe building, Westbound differentiates itself by looking back to the golden age of rail travel. At nearly 2,000 S.F. Hamilton Architects (with creative input by Studio Collective) creates a warm and intimate destination in an oversized housing block.
Mar Vista Hill Traditional+
Mar Vista Hill Traditional
Our traditional clients wanted a “to the studs” remodel of their 1940’s single story stucco box to be elegant and modern. We left all but a wall and created this 2 story classic home. The minimal palette combined with elegant architecture gives the home a stately but modern feel.
Superba Ave., Venice, Los Angeles+
Superba Ave., Venice, Los Angeles
An entertainer’s dream while at 2500 SF, this wood-warmed Modern home on Superba makes the most of its 3300 SF lot. Glass walls of Fleetwood doors invite the outdoors inside and beautifully tie the expansive mahogany wood deck and the open living floorplan on the ground level, essentially widening the living area. The heart of the home is the gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and custom Walnut cabinetry. Upstairs, the voluminous master suite & custom-built walk in closet complement the wide-plank reclaimed French oak floors. Convertible flex spaces and the rooftop deck with 360-degree views and ocean breezes are a bonus.
Sunset Park Cape Cod, Santa Monica+
Sunset Park Cape Cod, Santa Monica
At 4000+ SF square feet, this ground-up 2 story home for a repeat client in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Santa Monica has a bright feel within a Cape Cod exterior. The house links the inside and outside while maintaining a traditional, inviting sense inside. It creates an open feel while also controlling a sense of access and procession through different spaces between different living areas.
Lantern House On Nowita+
Lantern House On Nowita
Located in Venice, California in close proximity to the budding silicon beach. The double height punctured box, that faces the street, is thought of as a lantern. It provides the living area with ample natural light and views out to the front yard and the street while maintaining the privacy of its residents. The slick modern form of the house is complimented with the use of a warm material palette which lends the house its cozy and intimate feel. This house is 2,900SF with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Completed in 2015
Barman Coombs House+
Barman Coombs House
The Barman house is centrally located in the heart of Culver City, adjacent to veteran’s park. This home develops its character from its signature two story entry. The basic idea utilizes a large volume to bisect the house so as to protect the family areas on the first floor from public view and subtlety separate the kids from the parents on the second. In all aspects, the two story entry and catwalk is the central design element. Intricate facade articulation adds to the animated building design. This house is 4,750SF with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Completed in 2014
Located in the Kentwood area of Westchester, Los Angeles, this 2800 S.F. traditional home serves as a launch pad for a busy family of five. The home is designed to embrace the pool centric back yard while allowing quiet nooks for studying and reading to populate the first and second floor. Technically an “addition”, the design salvages the existing wood burning fireplace of the original home. Upon entry, a formal living room is linked to a guest bedroom/study that can be opened up by means of multiple pocket doors. Clerestory windows above eye level and glazed doors surround the living and dining areas providing access to natural light and wide views to the backyard which feature a covered flagstone deck with fire pit and swimming pool. The home utilizes Cape Cod details like lap siding, arched openings, and architectural columns to add the sophistication of this home. Completed in 2015.
Westside Village Home+
Westside Village Home
The home on Tilden Ave. in Los Angeles’s Westside Village is another evocative step in the Hamilton Architects “stacked boxes” design theme. A major remodel of a 1950’s stucco box, the new plan saves the best elements of the old including the front yard’s tree and the logically placed garage. It incorporated those components in a compelling composition of material and volume. Completed 2016, Total Area: 3,200 SF
At 3200 square feet, this new 2 story home for a repeat client on 31st St. in Santa Monica has a clean interior feel within a Cape Cod exterior. The house connects its inhabitants to light and the outside while maintaining a traditional, inviting sense inside.
House on Rosewood+
House on Rosewood
Rosewood is a major remodel of an old stucco box. Located close to the iconic Venice high school, the complete rebuild of the building was designed to take advantage of the existing home and the reworked landscape. Rosewood was completed in Late 2015.
Hanjip Restaurant is the result of a collaboration between Stephane Bombet (Viviane, Faith and Flower, Picca) and Chris Oh (Seoul Sausage Company, and winner of TV’s Knife Fight and Cutthroat Kitchen).
Opened in late 2015. Listed on several food blogs as one of LA’s hottest restaurants.
Pizzanista!! Long Beach is the second outlet of the popular Los Angeles Pizza joint owned by a well-known art curator and her pro skateboarder partner. This project allowed us to take a former restaurant housed in a 1910 Craftsman and bring it into the 21st Century.
Malibu Vista #2+
Malibu Vista #2
Tuna Canyon House+
Tuna Canyon House
Nowita House # 1+
Nowita House # 1
Malibu Vista #1+
Malibu Vista #1
House on Madison+
House on Madison
Located on the end of a cul-de-sac in Culver City, is the remodeled home on Madison. Developed for a repeat client, this home utilized a strong and straight forward design idea: Free the rear yard by converting the yard adjacent garage to living area, put the garage on the street, and lastly make the street facade so impactful that the existing remaining (and inauspicious) residence goes largely unnoticed. The house is 4,440SF with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Completed in 2013
Terrine is a remodel of an existing restaurant, on Beverly Boulevard, for the well-known and successful Bombet Hospitality Group. Hamilton Architects helped to refocus the restaurant in terms of back-of-house functionality and to showcase the celebrity chef, Chris Morningstar. This restaurant is approximately 2,900SF with a capacity of 81 occupants, and a full bar. Completed in 2014
Adjacent to the iconic Cinerama Dome, Stella Barra, Hollywood is the west coast flagship for Lettuce Entertain Your Enterprises, Inc. and Jeff Mahin. The restaurant maximizes its footprint by minimizing the back of house. The intimate nature of Stella Barra, despite its size and location, on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Ivar Avenue, is primarily due to the reduction of transparent surface area on its perimeter. This opaqueness is contrasted by the large roll-up door at the restaurant’s apex. This restaurant is approximately 4,420SF with a capacity of 158 occupants, and a full bar. Completed in 2014
Brick-and-mortar retail outlets for the online retailer Bonobos, in Los Angeles and Orange counties. At major retail centers including Westfields’ University Town Center, and along famed La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles. Stores averaged 1800 SF and allowed the potential clientele of the online business be able to experience the brand before purchasing. Part of a multi-state rollout, which ultimately lead to the company being acquired by Walmart.
A rebranding & remodel of an existing restaurant, Sirena is a collaboration between Hamilton Architects and the prolific designer, Fred Sutherland. With an unblinking focus on the existing iconic patio courtyard and a natural affinity for ocean fantasy, Hamilton + Sutherland create a whimsical interior that also houses a large wood burning pizza oven and a crystalline refrigerated wine case. This restaurant is approximately 2,900SF with a capacity of 81 occupants, and a full bar. Completed in 2012
Tower 42, Playa Del Rey+
Tower 42, Playa Del Rey
Tower 42 restaurant is the recycling of a faded Playa Del Rey steakhouse. The name comes from the local lifeguard tower, and is the first of many moves aimed at working the building back into the contextual landscape. It features a layout reworked to be view-sensitive, finishes that evoke a beach lifestyle, and counters recycled from framing removed to create courtyards.
Pussy & Pooch+
Pussy & Pooch
A 12,000 s.f. emporium for animal lovers in Beverly Hills, CA. The extensive remodel of the former Fred Sands offices on Cannon and little Santa Monica Blvd. required a change of use, and major modifications to the existing bow trussed roof building. The unique program of spaces included doggie training areas, a dog restaurant, and cat aquarium, and more generalized retail.
In a historically significant building, Hamilton Architects (with Twenty Four/Seven Design)created a home for Gary Arabia’s ambitious intersection of market, restaurant, coffee shop, and wine bar. By recycling the beautiful and rare lamella structure roof and the vintage signage, the foundation of the flexible space was set. Hamilton Architects work included entitlement processing for both the change of use and the alcohol purveying approval. The market place is approximately 3,800SF with an occupancy of 94 persons, and a beer & wine license. Completed in 2014.
A solid, neighborhood pizza place was the focus for Fred Sutherland and business partner, Mike Ross. Utilizing an abandoned building in west Adams and iconic pizza parlor imagery, Hamilton Architects (with the prolific restaurant designer, Sutherland) created an urban oasis for good pizza. Hamilton Architects’ responsibilities included CUB & ABC. The space is about 1,800SF, with a capacity of 20 occupants, and a beer & wine license. Completed in 2013
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