A few steps away from the waterways of Huntington Harbor, the Phelps Residence is a remodel of a regional mid-century house, developed in the 1960s along with the rest of the Harbor neighbourhood.
The goal of the renovation was to honor the mid-century bones of the existing structure featuring full-height windows and open beam ceilings while infusing new life and detail via a ground-up renovation.
The volume of the house is a two-story stucco façade structure with vertical cedar and black metal accents. The wall-to-wall, full-height sliding doors create an indoor-outdoor experience by extending the front yard fire pit and seating area through the living room to the backyard swimming pool and cabana beyond. The climate of the Harbor provides an ideal environment to open the space up to the yards year-round, thereby expanding the footprint of the house and allowing for an uninterrupted flow between rooms and indoor and outdoor areas.
The entry foyer features a steel and terrazzo sculptural stair in a recessed bed of river rock. The lower level’s large-scale terrazzo tiles seamlessly join the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The upper level is reserved for the private bedrooms and a more intimate family room. Hardwood floors flow throughout while large-scale windows seek to capture the unique views offered from each room.
Stack bond CMU garden walls in the front yard define the entry sequence, honouring the mid-century history of the residence.
“Using eye-catching elements like a glass wall and decorative stones that flow from outside to inside gives the house a natural outdoor feel even when everything is closed up”
– COAST Magazine
“Large sliding glass doors that stretch from wall-to-wall at both the front and the back of the home create an effortless continuation between two outdoor seating areas and the indoor living room”
– Design Milk
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Size: 3,537 sf
Design Team: David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Mitchell Streichhirsch
Construction: Above Board Construction
Landscape: J Armstrong Design
Photography: Paul Vu