Magazine article Sunset

Into the Sunlight

Magazine article Sunset

Into the Sunlight

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Ways to open up and brighten a house

When biology professors Anne Calof and Arthur Lander sat down with architect Walter Metez to discuss the renovation of their f 940 cottage in Laguna Beach, California, they asked for better access to the outdoors. It was the garden that had attracted the couple to the house in the first place, since both came from colder climates where year-round gardening wasn't possible.

Among the home's defects was poor circulation as a result of bedrooms that functioned as hallways. Metez corrected this problem by adding a light-filled gallery linking the bedrooms to the living and dining areas. Generous built-in shelving allows this hallway to double as a library. A master bath, studio, and garage also were added.

Metez reinforced the connection to the garden with walls of glass and a series of sloped ceilings that push you toward the light and the view, he says. The space that is now the concrete patio was once in the shadow of the home's eaves, which blocked any view of the hills in the distance. …

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