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March 8, 2016
A family’s Laguna Beach home features an expansive open-air entertainment space for the masses.
A row of angled stone plinths and a concrete courtyard dissipates sound and looks visually stunning.

One design challenge Schultz faced early on was blocking street noise from a southeast-facing intersection. However, a row of angled stone plinths and a concrete courtyard do double duty for aesthetics and sound dissipation. “The ultimate effect is theatrical in its approach. From the exterior one gets a sort of peek-a-boo into the residence, always just shy of a true glimpse inside, while from the residence the fountain reflects the sky above, with the plinths creating a type of stop frame movie of the traffic just beyond. In turn, the fountain helps to further fill the home with light and sound.” Schultz says. The standing seam copper facade is recycled from the old house’s roof.

 

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The living area of a beach house features a B&B Italia sofa and Noguchi coffee table.

The ground floor features the master bedroom suite, living room, dining area and kitchen in addition to a huge wrap-around balcony. To accommodate so many floor-to-ceiling retractable glass doors, Schultz had to get creative with structural elements, as seen here with three black steel poles supporting the cathedral ceiling. The living area features a B&B Italia sofa. 

 

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A dining room with a Minotti dining table and Ligne Roset chairs.

In describing their vision for the interior, Jeff and Tamara emphasized two things: sophistication and timelessness. Steel elements allude to standing the test of time and the material is incorporated into some pieces of the furniture like this Van Dyke dining table from Minotti. The dining table can comfortably seat 14 people with Ligne Roset dining chairs.

 

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A pair of contrasting B&B Italia Tulip chairs in the living room.

Jeff and Tamara also wanted a home they could stay in once their kids eventually leave for college. The two Deckey daughters’ bedrooms are located on the lower level, allowing the potential for future guests to enjoy an entire floor to themselves. Keeping the main living area on the ground floor also improves accessibility. A pair of contrasting B&B Italia Tulip chairs accent the living area.

 

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A Scenario Modular sofa from Roche Bobois is located in the lower level.

The combination of steel and glass railings with aged oak treads, keeps with the flavor of the original home while introducing consistently sleek elements throughout. Downstairs is where the girls and their friends like to hang out, keeping the upstairs relatively clutter-free. A Scenario Modular sofa from Roche Bobois anchors the combined media room and library.

 

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A wine collection is on display in a storage wall.

The couple’s love for cooking and entertaining led Schultz to design a storage wall of wine that displays the bottles. The kitchen is articulated with sculptural Kartell Masters stools around the kitchen island.

 

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The master bathroom of a beach house with a bathtub by Porcelanosa.

The master bathroom features a spacious vanity area and a frosted glass shower. A blue lava stone wall and Almond bathtub by Porcelanosa add a soft touch in the otherwise linear bathroom.

 

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The bathroom counter extends into the master bedroom as a desk.

The bathroom counter extends into the bedroom as a desk. A sliding door can fit on a track between the bathroom countertop and bedroom desk to seamlessly partition the two rooms. A blue Niche Modern pendant light adds flair to the bedroom. 

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The back of the house includes a spacious patio and pool.

“The decision to open up the back of the home played multiple roles: it provided a link between the upper and lower levels, engaged us with the park, ocean and valley just beyond, and at night turned the home into a lantern – marking the entrance to this hillside community.” Schultz says. Outdoor furniture from Gloster and Les Jardins make for ample poolside seating.

 

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A row of angled stone plinths and a concrete courtyard dissipates sound and looks visually stunning.

One design challenge Schultz faced early on was blocking street noise from a southeast-facing intersection. However, a row of angled stone plinths and a concrete courtyard do double duty for aesthetics and sound dissipation. “The ultimate effect is theatrical in its approach. From the exterior one gets a sort of peek-a-boo into the residence, always just shy of a true glimpse inside, while from the residence the fountain reflects the sky above, with the plinths creating a type of stop frame movie of the traffic just beyond. In turn, the fountain helps to further fill the home with light and sound.” Schultz says. The standing seam copper facade is recycled from the old house’s roof.

 

Jeff and Tamara Deckey love a good dinner party. So when the couple found their Laguna Beach home, they renovated the house into an expansive and versatile space for entertaining. Designed by Laidlaw Schultz Architects, the couple sought to incorporate aspects of the old house. “Architecturally we were able to simplify the home’s form–creating an archetypal gable, clad in the same copper as the roofing for the primary wing of the residence. This gesture at once captures the essence of the cascading hillside, and homes beyond, while drawing our attention to the picturesque valley in the distance.” Craig Schultz of Laidlaw Schultz says. 

 

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