La Jolla Residence

A residential addition and remodel, this project was undertaken by a growing family. Originally a tiny beach cottage, the house was added on to over thirty years and had become an accumulation of awkward spaces with inefficent circulation, inadequate storage and cramped rooms. By adding a second floor that doubles the living space, we also access fabulous views of legendary Windansea Beach and sunsets over the Pacific beyond. The new stair location re-organizes and serves as the focus for the floor plan. This stairwell is a great device for bringing light in from the new second floor to the lower, and is pivotal to the functioning of the house. Buildable space is tight in the area due to strict building restrictions and every square foot has to count – no space is wasted. The client prefers a relaxed, modern style, and wants the flexibility to add to the home’s furnishings and built-ins as time and budget permits. A background of muted neutrals used for paint colors, wood choices for floors and cabinets, and tile in the bathrooms, easily accept and complement most furnishing choices.


Architect: Heather Johnston Architect Location: La Jolla, California Program: New Second Floor Addition and Remodel Area: Approx. 2,000 s.f. added Builder: Joe Triley