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Friday, May 20, 2011

Tansey House, Barry Milofsky, Architect (Remodel) c.2000

I have passed by this house hundreds of times, taking note of its special curb appeal. While visiting with Architect Barry Milofsky recently, I was picking his brain about some of the cool houses in Silver Lake that I was unsure of their heritage, this being one of them. It came as a bit of surprise when I learned that the architect was Milofsky himself.

Barry promised to give me the details (soon) on how he and the owners collaborated on the design, but for now, I couldn't resist publishing a "sneak preview". The Tansey House is located at 2120 Rockford Road in Silver Lake.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sharlin House, Gregory Ain 1939

Built on a steep hillside in Silver Lake's architecturally-significant Silver Ridge Avenue, the multilevel Sharlin House represents a significant departure from the architect's typical single story home. Projecting trellises, shown here, contribute handsomely to the building's overall design.

Located at 2363 Silver Ridge Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Sean Briski Residence, Sean Briski, Architect 2006

Architect Sean Briski’s 2006 personal residence in Silver Lake follows a Los Angeles tradition of architectural experimentation. Rejecting the current fashion in architecture, described by the architect as “warmed-over Modernism”, the house explores the use of new and recycled materials in unconventional ways: Truck tire treads, left behind by big rigs and salvaged from the freeway, and foam packing materials are sandwiched between panels of glass, dimming the sunlight on the western wall. Roll the lounge chairs away and you’re in the middle of a basketball court; with three basketball hoops mounted on the loft wall. Unfinished concrete walls, exposed trusses and I-beams give the house a solid, industrial look.
The house is built on four levels with all rooms having views of Mt. Baldy. The garage and a separate studio apartment are located on the top level, ideal for a home office. The second level consists of two bedrooms separated by a full bath and an open loft, which overlooks the main floor. The two-story, main floor is an open floor plan with living, dining, kitchen and family room. A large, tri-fold window and balconies provide fresh air and bring the outdoors in. A movable wall separates a private conversation area and built-in desk from the living room/activity space. On the lower level, a Master Bedroom with en suite bath and fabulous outdoor room complete the picture.
The outdoor areas feature a large, flat yard, lush landscaping, shaded seating and barbeque areas, drought-resistant native plants, automatic sprinklers, large garden shed and a rainwater collection container.
If all this sounds complex, it is! This unique house must be seen to be appreciated. NOTE: The house went on the market on May 6, 2011 and was in escrow on May 8, 2011.