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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 clearstory windows direct natural light from the second floor to the lower level. The plan is based on a semi-formal great room concept with the dining room separated from the kitchen by an art passage with wine cellar access. 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.

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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.

The American Institute of Architects
Pasadena & Foothill chapter
Home Tour 2011

“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

The Magazine Pasadena, 2010
Panache, Dream Homes Los Angeles, 2008
Luxury Life & Style Magazine Pasadena, 2007



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