New Home
Venice, California


The walk street section of Venice, California is an intimately scaled, pedestrian neighborhood where houses face a quiet public sidewalk and vehicular traffic is limited to an ally in the rear. The area was developed over 90 years ago with small bungalows that, unfortunately, were not built to a particularly high standard. The new owners face a difficult dilemma: to live within a very small house or demolish and build a larger home consistent with today’s seismic, building and energy standards.


Both the clients and Black River Architects were originally attracted to a bungalow style of architecture but we jointly realized that a more contemporary idiom was a better res-ponse to the client’s desire for a third bedroom, second floor balconies and for large windows connecting the interior of the house to the rear garden.


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