Minimal, but not cold. That was the goal with this Los Angeles canyon home, a collaboration between Assembledge+Henrybuilt, and Collaborative Construction. “When our clients purchased the home a couple of years ago, the floor plan needed more unity, and the backyard and entertaining area seemed congested,” David Thompson, AIA (Principal and Founder, Assembledge+) says. “They approached Assembledge+ in hopes of updating the home to reflect their active lifestyle and frequent entertaining, and to create a design that was reflective of their sensibilities and acute attention to detail.” 

The house is perched in the canyons above Beverly Hills with sweeping views of the city below. The neighborhood, like much of Southern California, has an eclectic mix of styles. “The design was conceived of simple geometries to maintain the open floor plan that takes full advantage of the beautiful view,” David says of the full gut and remodel. “The original house had various elements that created a disjointed and frenetic feel. Our approach was to simplify.” 

As for the design directive—minimal, but not cold—David and his team employed a mix of texture, warmth, and harmony while simultaneously engaging the notion of contrast and separation. “For instance, the exterior façade is separated into two portions,” he explains. “The lower portion of the residence is composed of lightly painted Extira. The upper part, wrapped with Western Red Cedar siding, connects the architecture with the natural environment, bringing in color and warmth.”

Inside, cabinetry but Henrybuilt—including a custom-built integrated kitchen—creates a sense of cohesion. “The way things feel when we do things is fully integrated into our aesthetic experience and expectations,” the team at Henrybuilt shared. “The Beverly Grove project is an articulation of this approach and extends to nearly every room in the house.”

For furnishings, the clients (luckily) had incredible taste and chose all of the pieces—including items from Knoll, Herman Miller, FLOS, and Ben Soleimani. Now, the simple and warm palette connects effortlessly with the natural environment, highlighting the warmth and ease of Los Angeles living.

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