The Roth House - Beverly Hills, CA
The famous Roth House by Case Study architects Buff, Straub and Hensman. Greatly expanded with a two-story addition and completely renovated for glamour and impact. On its own promontory above the Beverly Hills Hotel, the property commands astounding views from downtown to ocean. The home's original 2,200 square feet were seamlessly more than doubled to include a media room with its own full bath, two guest bedrooms, a master suite that occupies the entire second floor, and an outdoor room above the master with jetliner views in all directions. Extensively documented by architecture photography legend Julius Schulman and widely published in books and magazines, The Roth House was awarded the prestigious Award of Merit by the National Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Rustic Canyon Residence - Santa Monica, CA
The home was built in 1972, but in a Mid-Century Post and Beam aesthetic. The property was outdated in all of its systems and materials and suffered from over 30 years of deferred maintenance which affected its viability down to the structure. But because it took advantage of the best possible siting on the lot, close to the toe of an extreme slope and overlooking the balance of its half acre of useable land, siting that could not be replicated under today's codes, Aeries recommended remodeling the existing structure rather than taking it down and building new. The entire house was rebuilt, refreshed and brought up to date with all new materials, fixtures and finishes. The floor plan was completely re-imagined in order to serve the wish of the owner that the house feel and operate like a clubhouse, ideal for recreation and entertaining and complete with a putting green for a lawn, designed and installed by the grounds crew at the famous Riviera Country Club. Aeries drove the landscape, hardscape, and interior design and implementation as well. The project was accomplished in five months, including the design phase. Photography by Nicolas O.S. Marques/ Photekt.
Pacific Palisades Residence - Pacific Palisades, CA
Aeries began advising on this project when the property was still in escrow. Once closed, we worked closely and intensely with the owner to fully develop an architecture and design book which clearly spelled out the complete re-making of the floor plan of this previously untouched 1938 Georgian Colonial home, and called out every finish, fixture, appliance and interior design element. We meticulously restored this over 8,500 square foot home from the outside in and from the inside out. An almost completely useable acre of land was transformed and made private by landscape and hardscape. A dramatic eight pond system filled with koi was repaired, lit and brought to life. A large, heavily engineered pool and surrounding decks and seating areas were built over a hillside, seamlessly multiplying the amount of unwooded, flat outdoor living and play area enjoyed by the owner and her young children. An outdoor fire pit and custom hot tub were added as well. The greatest success of this project was the joyful collaboration with the owner who, over the course of the project, codified her passion for design and development and became an integral part of and leader of the design team. Photography by Nicolas O.S. Marques/ Photekt.
Easton Drive Residence - Beverly Hills, California
When the owner (an award-winning magazine owner) of a small, one-bedroom, single-story former hunting lodge, which once belonged to Clark Gable, got married (top a prominent magazine writer) and the new couple found themselves with a daughter on the way, Aeries was brought in to transform the ultimate bachelor pad into a gracious family home. The lodge became a two-story, three bedroom home with proper master, guest and powder bathrooms, a cook's kitchen, a media room, a sleeping loft and a living room with double-height ceilings. A former garage structure became a gym and an office for the wife of the couple which, as it now has a full bath and kitchen, is easily convertible into a guest house. A new pool and pool house were added and the three structures were unified into a flowing whole by landscape and hardscape whose design and implementation were also overseen by Aeries. The major challenge posed by this project was the impact of the slopes which descended steeply from the hillsides to almost touch the house on three sides. Aeries worked closely with soils, civil and structural engineers as well as the Grading Department at Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety to devise a design that would meet the program needs of the clients and also be allowed by the city according to its updated grading and setback requirements. Aeries fought through several battles of code interpretation to insure our clients got the house they wanted. While the architecture and overall vision of the house belongs to Karen Putman, interior designer Wendy Haworth was brought in to design cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms as well as a furniture palette for interiors.
The Whitney Residence - Santa Monica Canyon, CA
The celebrated Whitney Residence is a widely published and much admired example of Frank Gehry's residential architecture. The floor plan was carefully and sensitively reconfigured to suit the program needs of the home's new owner. The entire home was renovated and more than 1,500 new square feet were added. The half-acre on which the home sits were re-imagined. Designed and added where outdoor lounges and fireplaces, fountains, a yoga retreat, an outdoor gymnasium, covered patios, an outdoor movie theater and a large adult cigar lounge high in a sycamore tree.
Hollywood Hills Residence - Hollywood Hills, CA
This unique compound in the Hollywood Hills above Chateau Marmont is comprised of two formerly dilapidated 1952 ranch houses, purchased separately and unified into one flowing property, now containing a main and a guest house. With the exception of a second story addition to the main house, the mission was to embrace and elevate the existing structures - to bring excitement and glamour to simple and undervalued architectural forms. With dramatic head-on city lights views, a new heavily engineered hillside swimmer's pool, an orchard and several outdoor rooms, the property sets the stage for indoor-outdoor recreation and entertainment.
Bronze Lane Residence – Brentwood, CA
For the owners of Bronze Lane, Aeries was brought in to accomplish two goals simultaneously: the façade of the existing residence was so be remodeled with enclosed parking structure and gym additions seamlessly added, and a free-standing writing studio was to be added at the rear of the property, oriented toward the view, in which both owners (Hollywood writers) could peacefully pursue their work separate from main house activity. For the writing studio, the owners wanted to build a pre-fab in order to minimize the length of time the construction work would impact their home, but they wanted also wanted a highly customized structure. Aeries worked closely with KitHaus to custom-design the studio and to build it off-site. After regrading the site and preparing the foundation, the writing studio was installed and functional in four days.
Hutton Drive Production Studio – Beverly Hills, CA
Aeries' mission at Hutton Drive was to expand and transform a small, original, 1960's auxiliary structure into a production office for the owners to use as a writing, producing, editing and web-development studio surrounding a pool. The production offices would have to double as a residence to return to in years when the owners (a married writing, directing and producing team) would be on location and would need a pied a terre to return to in Los Angeles. Transformer-like cabinetry was carefully developed, allowing desks to convert into beds and meeting tables into seating areas. The existing structure was reimagined and rebuilt using contemporary construction methods and in compliance with current codes, but staying true to its Eamesian, mid-century provenance. The structure was tripled in size.