It’s all about the vistas in the Bellino Residence. This 5,200 square foot home is in prime location for Santa Monica’s mountain views, and blends in majestically with its surroundings. The building’s aesthetics speak of natural materials and a harmonious balance between wood, steel, concrete and stone and make a welcome addition to the Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Mayes Office, who were the architecture and design firm behind this project, worked to create a house with a basement. A basement that doesn’t feel like a basement.
Housing development in this part of town only permits a certain height for buildings. So it was a dynamic idea to build down instead of up. The existing house was demolished, and the ground was cut into a sloping shape to create a new space for this house.
The sloping driveway leads to the garage, but a convenient staircase leads you to the top floor. It’s upstairs where the public areas are, leaving the private areas to enjoy quiet space and greater privacy. At street level is where you’ll find the kitchen and dining room, as well as a formal living room. But let’s move to the basement level to see more of what’s on offer.
Protected from wind and rain, this little suntrap patio is reached from the home office and den room.
The cozy living room in the basement features warm wood flooring, throughout the whole floorplan. Matched in this den is an unfinished concrete wall, and metal frames, all softened by the textiles and warm wood elements.
Being raised above the ground, even though it may be the ‘basement’, it’s flooded with light. The home office backs onto a central atrium where light is encouraged to spill through.
The architects describe the home’s balance with “the overall effect achieved is a harmonious integration between architecture and nature.” The peephole to the open skylight allows for a private calm that mixes between outdoor and indoor space.
Stairs feel light, thanks to polished wood and seemingly floating framing. Windows from all sides of the home flood the space with light, and a skylight at the core keeps things from getting dark.
The winning formula for this home is the possibilities. By creating an open floorplan, the rooms can shift around and are zoned entirely by preference. Certain for each view, however, is the amazing vistas. Windows slide all the way open for an almost 360 view. And if you do want 360, all you have to do is head to the roof…
Unencumbered, the open plan format of the home is really possible thanks to the light from all sides and supported from above. The central stairwell links the entire core of the home.
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