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Project Update: Hawaiian Bungalow

PROJECT: Hawaiian BungalowLOCATION: La Jolla, CA

Returning to the La Jolla Bungalow feels a bit like reminiscing on a dream, as the last time I wrote about it, the project was still in the conceptual phase.  It has been a long process, not simply translating ideas to plans, but also looking at those plans and going through all the necessary steps to align and execute them. And today, while not yet complete, the home is taking shape.  Real, physical shape.

File Aug 14, 2 29 57 PM
File Aug 14, 2 29 57 PM

I understand that from these photos, it's hard to see what the structure will eventually become.  But I must say, for us who have conceived, collaborated, and conspired to bring this project to life, it is extremely exciting and gratifying to get to this point and see something tangible and beautiful being created.

What has been really interesting, as well, is to see how the ideas are translated from thought to paper to wood and brick.  There are wonderful and unexpected moments where the home becomes what it is going to be, that we may not have initial conceived or drawn out on paper.

Photo Aug 03, 4 42 55 PM
Photo Aug 03, 4 42 55 PM
File Aug 14, 2 28 33 PM
File Aug 14, 2 28 33 PM

Take the ceilings, for example.  The roof line was, of course, drawn exactly as it was to be built, there cannot be surprises there, but the ceilings underneath we adaptable: horizontal, slanted, vaulted.  What did the space need the ceiling to be to tell its whole story?  The whole second floor took place in this way.  Below is an example of the vaulted ceiling.  This space, the master bathroom, was calling for drama from the ceiling.  The design of the room is more workman like, utilitarian, with double doors repeated all around the room.  The ceiling  juxtaposed that bringing light and energy (figuratively and literally) to the space.

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Photo Aug 03, 4 05 44 PM (1)

As I noted, this project has quite an extended time frame, which is not always the easiest thing for me.  But what it has enabled us to to do is be patient with our sourcing.  We have slowly and methodically collected the art, antiques and furnishings, as if the innards of the house are developing with the rest of the body.  It feels very organic and natural.  I cannot wait to share with you the next phases of development.  Stay tuned!