San Marino, CA

This estate combines forms from the Arts & Crafts movement with Monterey and Spanish elements to become its own Progressive Pasadena style in a garden setting. The eclectic furnishings include contemporary modern classics, antique Asian pieces and Asian Arts & Crafts inspired furniture designed by Ewing. Feng Shui principals are used in the design of the floor plan and architectural elements.

The house provides quiet and inspiring indoor/outdoor experiences. Every room connects to the gardens and verandas, allowing for lots of natural light. Garden features include a pool and Jacuzzi, dining trellis, barbeque area, fire pit, a children’s play yard, meditation gardens and hidden garden toilet facility.

Integrated skylights and clerestory windows direct natural light from the second floor to the lower level. The large kitchen, which opens up to the family room and yard, includes a breakfast niche and a cooking alcove that hides the food prep area from the entertainment part of the kitchen.

Each of the four bedrooms has its own special veranda, dressing room and bath alcove. The master suite and garden veranda, have views to Catalina. Reclaimed green slate roofing, integral color plaster walls, terra-cotta stepped walls and chimney caps, heavy timber Douglas Fir beams stained transparent black were used on the exterior with black steel windows and clear Douglas fir trim and mahogany throughout the interiors. The house is a contextual culmination of the architectural elements that combine to make San Marino/ Pasadena so interesting.

“This firm has won many many design awards, designs ranging from luxury homes, golf courses, nursing homes, and commercial centers. Under Doug’s leadership, their creative, and innovative experience combined with impeccable integrity, honesty, and reliability, makes this firm a trust-worthy partner in any development. I have beautiful memories working with Doug and his firm. We built a 7000sf home in San Marino. This project won a lot of congratulation and attention because it was approved in one sitting by the Design Review Board of San Marino. Currently we are working on a 8000sf house in Malibu, eight-unit townhouse project in Bear Creek Country Club and a community center in Fontana.”

-Mary Hsu, Owner

American Institute of Architects

Pasadena & Foothill Chapter
Home Tour 2011


The Magazine Pasadena, 2010

Panache, Dream Homes Los Angeles, 2008

Luxury Life & Style Magazine Pasadena, 2007

Dwell On Design

International Conference Home Tour
Los Angeles, CA. 2012