Reshaping an Estate in Bel Air

Finding a curious, unbalanced, house on a large property in Bel Air, the homeowner — having undertaken three previous renovations with the firm — trusted the house could become an estate befitting the neighborhood. Working with as much of the existing house as possible, shapes and symmetries were expanded and defined, proportions were balanced, and details elaborated to turn an illogical cottage into a house appropriate to the large property.

To maximize the rear yard, a new poolhouse with room for entertaining and a new playhouse for the owners’ children were built at the far end of the property.