Fryman Canyon Residence

Project Desciption

Nestled in Studio City’s Fryman Canyon Estates, California, the Oakdell Residence reinvigorates a 1957 mid-century home, preserving its essence while adding contemporary enhancements.

At the heart of the original design was a saw-tooth floor plan that offered views in multiple directions.  However, the floor plan was congested beyond this core, and connectivity throughout the home and site was limited. The renovation aimed to create an airy, light-filled space, maximizing landscape views while building upon the existing strengths.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors enhance transparency, bringing abundant light and extending the living area into the outdoors. Main living spaces—living room, bar/game room, dining room, and kitchen—are linked by zig-zag-sliding doors opening to the garden. A new family room, echoing the sawtooth motif, descends two steps below the main floor. The relocated kitchen, elevated slightly above the family room, incorporates skylights and white marble walls.

A two-story addition features a bedroom wing and an integrated office space below. The minimalist palette of stone, hardwood, and white plaster maintains the home’s character, echoed in the thin roof plane that retains mid-century horizontality and shade.

The site’s tiered landscape, surrounded by trees and hills, harmonizes with the home’s interior and exterior spaces. Drought-tolerant plants, decomposed granite, a pool, and concrete garden walls create a dynamic outdoor setting, embedding the residence into its surroundings.


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“An exhaustive yet highly sensitive remodel and addition”

–    Luxe Interiors + Design




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“An exhaustive yet highly sensitive remodel and addition”

–    Luxe Interiors + Design




“Living experience extended to all parts of the site”

–    Residential Design Magazine



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“Perfectly preserved, this contemporary take on mid-century style is masterful”

–    Homes & Gardens



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“Thanks to a thorough remodel and addition, a fresh chapter begins for this untouched 1975 Studio City abode”

–    Residential Design Magazine




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Location: Studio City, California

Size: 5,755 sf

Design Team: David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Gregory Marin

Interior Design: Lisa Strong Design, Susan Mitnick Design Studio

Construction: Dobkin Construction

Landscape: Fiore Landscape

Photography: Lisa Romerein


2021 Society of American Registered Architects, Honor Award

2022  Builder’s Choice Design Awards, Renovations and Additions, Grand Winner

2022  Residential Design Architecture Awards, Renovation

2017  AIA Los Angeles, Residential Architecture Awards, Renovation, Honor Award

2017  Gold Nugget Award, Best Renovated Home

2017  Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, Housing Award

2017  Southern California Development Forum, Single Family Residential Award