A Newly Constructed L.A. House Is Organically Modern — House Call

Name: Mark Dolman, my wife, Chi, and our two kids Jasper (12) and Tamsin (7)
Location: Glassell Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: Less than a year, owned

We bought this tiny lot in Glassell Park a couple of years ago and commissioned Simon Storey, of Anonymous Architects, to design a compact, functional family home.

Due to the size of the lot, it made sense to build up, so it’s three floors; ground floor (garage, storage), first floor (kitchen, dining, living, bedroom and bath), second floor, two beds and two baths.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Modern, minimal, hip.

We added a deck with steps to an intimate backyard to maximize the indoor/outdoor flow and take advantage of the quiet neighborhood and mountain views. The yard is drought tolerant and drip irrigated, so it’s very low maintenance.

There is parking for two cars in the driveway so we can use the garage and storage areas as a studio and meditation room respectively.

We are walking distance from a few cool local spots, including the local public pool, and we are hoping more places will be opening in the near future.

What is your favorite room and why? The living room with the way it opens out to the deck, yard, and view, and the indoor/outdoor vibe it creates.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? That it was completed a year ago!

Thanks, Mark!

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