Magazine article Sunset

Garage with a View

Magazine article Sunset

Garage with a View

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A multiuse structure makes the most of its site

Simple requests can lead to surprising solutions. That was true for Los Angeles attorney Mike Guttentag, who asked Marmol Radziner + Associates to design a studio for working at homeand for a little relaxing and entertaining too. The result is a home office that not only doubles as a guest suite but also includes an extended yard, a garage, and a spectacular viewing deck.

According to Los Angeles building codes, if Guttentag wanted to increase square footage, he also had to add an enclosed two-car garage. To do so, the architects took advantage of the steep, downsloping hillside at the rear of the lot and placed the bulk of the structure, a 20-foot-tall concrete-block box, on the incline. Only the studio, which occupies the top portion, is visible from the house and yard, and it's angled in a way that creates a backdrop for the narrow yard. (The garage below is accessible from a rear alley.)

The angle also allows stairs that lead to a deck on the studio's roof to be easily accessible. …

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