Eight Projects That Bring the Outdoors In

Truly Open Eichler House by Klopf Architecture

Truly Open Eichler House by Klopf Architecture

Truly Open Eichler House by Klopf Architecture

Truly Open Eichler House by Klopf Architecture

Truly Open Eichler House by Klopf Architecture

Truly Open Eichler House by Klopf Architecture

Renovated yard and added terrace.

Terrace.

New open living spaces enjoy close connections to the back yard.

Timber louvers provide sun control.

The pavilion at dusk.

Custom Home March-April 2010 Case Study: Sonoma Flow Architect and interior designer: zumaooh, Oakland, Calif.; Builder: Caletti Jungsten Construction, Mill Valley, Calif.; Photographer: David Wakely Photography. The metal overhead grid shades the kitchen and edges of the east/west-oriented pavilion, its slats angled to block direct sun during the day.

Designed for frequent entertaining, the full kitchen includes a grill, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, and sink.

Western red cedar slats close off the kitchen and media center.

The thick masonry walls are oriented to deflect winter’s northwest winds and collect prevailing summertime breezes.

Sight lines from the kitchen and bath into other rooms expand the perceived size of both spaces. Prodema, a resin-bonded cellulose product with a natural wood veneer, tops the dining table.

Sight lines from the kitchen and bath into other rooms expand the perceived size of both spaces.

The Hover House experiments with uniting the front and rear yards on a small urban lot.

Pushing the house to the long side of the lot allows the outdoor spaces to flow.

Interior elements deploy an abbreviated palette of materials in broad, simple forms. A plate of cold-rolled steel serves as a backdrop for the patio's gas fireplace.

2012 rada kitchen / merit Appleton Living Kitchen by Minarc, Venice, Calif. principals in charge/interior designers: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Assoc. AIA, and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Assoc. AIA, Minarc; general contractor: Core Construction, Apple Valley, Calif.; project size: 449 square feet (kitchen); construction cost: $300 per square foot; photography: Art Gray. With upper cabinets limited to a single end wall, the kitchen opens to light and views along its two outside walls.

The architect designed indoor and outdoor kitchens with a strong flow and visual connection between them. Indeed, indoors and out are tightly linked throughout the plan.

Residential Architect March-April 2013 Case Study: Kafka Residence, La Jolla, Calif. Architect Safdie Rabines Architects, San Diego; General contractor: Beacham Construction, La Jolla; Project size: 300 square feet; Construction cost: Withheld. At the Kafka Residence by Safdie Rabines Architects, living, dining, and kitchen areas share a single, open space that merges with an elevated deck.

Photo by Bob Greenspan

Photo by Wayne C. Moore

The Estates at Del Sur – Plan 2, San Diego, Calif.

The Estates at Del Sur – Plan 2, San Diego, Calif.

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