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Bel Air Residence
Bel Air, CA


Mark Rios
Huay Wee
Jennifer Schab
Laura Kos
Michael Poirier


Our client’s goal with this project was to modernize an original 1930s John Byers’ home. Although the house was remodeled by James E. Dolena in the 60’s, the current owner felt the home needed to be brought into the 21st century. Our updates make the home cleaner, hipper, and unified in its overall design language without taking away from the character of the original design.

The main living spaces were reconfigured to create a stronger connection with the exterior landscape. A long span of floor to ceiling windows were added into the main living room and showcase magnificent views of the city beyond. Clean and crisp white marble and stainless steel make the kitchen a high-performance modern space.
A regal, floating, semi-spiral staircase was added and capped by a large skylight creating a bright and memorable grand entry. Throughout the home, spaces were designed to accommodate the owner’s striking collection of modern art. A former garage was transformed into a dramatic double height family room that serves as a social gathering space.

In addition to the modernization of the main house, a new pavilion and a new pool cabana were built. The pavilion stays true to the original architecture of the main house while adding a screening room, gym, and a home office. The pool cabana provides a comfortable “outdoor living room” to the pool deck. The deck’s brick paving flows uninterrupted in the cabana and reinforces the iconic indoor/outdoor lifestyle of Los Angeles.