A Contemporary Los Angeles villa by Michael Lehrer captures the essence of the L.A. lifestyle.
This epic project was 13 years in the making. The owners, a retired businessman & sculptor, and his wife – a former landscape designer – wanted a light-filled dwelling that would feel as though it were part of the setting; a sheltered piece of land replete with old-growth trees.
Lehrer took the idea of indoor/outdoor living so essential to the L.A. lifestyle and interpreted it in a three-story, 13,000-square-foot structure with massive sliding and pivoting glass walls. Doors and windows convert indoor spaces into true open-air pavilions. The living room has six movable glass wall panels, stretching 42 feet, which can be ganged in one stack, effectively making the room a part of the adjacent garden terrace. A ground plane of Alhambra limestone runs between indoors and out, its threshold nearly invisible.
You can see the beautiful gardens and trees wherever you are. The house frames the landscapes and allows natural light in, and the interior is soothing and comfortable. Not surprisingly, the owners love of stone is evident throughout.
Alhambra limestone from Walker Zanger extends from the living areas out onto a capacious terrace shaded by a Chinese elm.
A gravel courtyard with a stately cork oak offers access to the residence on three sides; walls of glass, at left and right, flank a steel-troweled-stucco façade.
The sculpture studio is faced with custom-made paneling.
Massive flagstones lead guests from the front garden into the dining room, which in turn leads to the living room and another garden beyond.
The horizontal-grain maple paneling and the kitchen’s cabinetry, stainless-steel hood, counters, and sinks are all by Bulthaup, the cooktop is by Gaggenau, and the ovens are by Wolf. Bontempi Casa chairs surround a custom-made dining table.
Italian-onyx counters and a maple vanity.
A tub with a picture window.
The indoor/outdoor shower, surfaced in honed limestone and marble.
The master suite.
Another perspective on the master suite.