Inheriting a narrow and deep lot with an older, small (about 800 sq.ft.) home on it; and desiring to keep the essence of the original home, out love for the deceased relative who willed it to them, Jerry Johnson and Leanna Kleinman, who are well-known for their computer systems genius, chose Bray Architects to design their new home.
Located in Mar Vista, Los Angeles, California, which is near Culver City, and Santa Monica, their project property provided challenges along with opportunities: the existing home was directly behind the legal front setback line, and although the lot was narrow, it was deep enough to carefully design a new structure that could accommodate their lifestyle.
Mr. Johnson’s and Ms. Kleinman’s lifestyle included playing musical instruments; entertaining friends with their own gourmet cooking; studying old “roll-up” maps for adventures with their own sailboat, and propeller airplane; and professionally interfacing with their own systems software and university medical networks while at home.
Roger Winston Bray, Architect, AIA, NCARB, President of Bray Architects, designed a large expansion seamlessly around, while upgrading the older home. The result was a single, larger, more versatile new home, with a set-back second floor map room.
Mr. Johnson and Ms. Kleinman have expressed gratitude for their new home designed by Bray Architects.