Master suite now opens up to pool, outdoor terrace and ocean views

The total renovation of this hillside property ensures key areas in the home now enjoy spectacular outlooks including the master bedroom and bathroom

Story by: Paul Taylor Photography by: Jim Bartsch
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Placing the shower next to the window in this master bathroom means the spectacular views can be enjoyed every day. But there are no issues with privacy no other homes are visible from this position and, if theres someone in the pool or on the terrace, the window can be made translucent at the flick of a switch.

When your home is on an elevated site with a spectacular outlook, you want to take advantage of those views from as many areas of the house as possible.

But that isn't always the approach house designers have taken in the past.

The property shown here is on a flat pad sitting high on a hill overlooking Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Architect Trevor Abramson says the existing 1960s house was a rabbit warren of rooms.

"The kitchen had been given the best position, while the living space was on the driveway side of the property," he says.


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Architect Trevor Abramson took a relatively small 1960s ranch-style house on this elevated site and transformed it into a spacious open-plan home for an empty-nester couple. The original home was positioned on the right hand side and was stripped down to the studs and rebuilt to form the bedroom wing of the new home. The master bath and bed are positioned to look across the pool and outdoor living terrace to the view out to Santa Monica Bay.

His redesign for the new empty-nester owners turned that design on its head, to give prime views to the main living areas and to the master bedroom and bathroom.

"We stripped the original structure down to the studs and totally rebuilt it to form a new bedroom wing for the house, separated from the more public living wing by a hallway. The master suite is positioned at the front of this bedroom wing, to connect to the outdoor living terrace and pool, and to take in the views."

Two large sliding glass panels pocket back into the wall, providing seamless access to the terrace from the bedroom.

"In the bathroom, the shower took precedence, because that would be used every day. The tub is in the secondary position, but still takes in the main view and also sits next to a side window with greenery outside."

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Two sliding glass panels pocket back into the wall to allow seamlessly access from this bedroom to the outdoor terrace and pool and also allow wide views to Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

These expanses of glass could potentially compromise privacy, but Abramson says that's not an issue here.

"There are no other houses visible from the suite and, although there are two guest rooms, most of the time there are only the two owners at home," he says.

But if there should happen to be a pool boy or a guest on the terrace at the same time that someone wants to shower, there's an instant, hi-tech solution. At the flick of a switch, the shower window becomes translucent.

As with the rest of the home, the decor in the master bedroom and bathroom has been kept tranquil and fresh so as not to detract from the view.

Feb 09, 2017

Credit list

Architect
Trevor Abramson, FAIA, Abramson Teiger Architects
Flooring
Bedroom Engineered Wood Planks by Porcelanosa; Bathroom Porcelain Tile by Classic Tile
Shower walls
Caesarstone Pure White
Shower drain
Proline
Tub filler
Graff Sento Collection in Steelnox finish
Vanity sink
Kohler Undercounter Basin in White
Windows and sliders
Fleetwood
Wall tiles
Thassos Stone by Soli
Shower fittings
Graff Fontaine in Steelnox finish
Tub
Chelsea Small Silk Tub from Hastings Tile & Bath
Vanity countertop
Caesarstone Pure White
Vanity faucets
Graff Lunar Collection Vessel Faucet
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