Contemporary Beach House Redo by Safdie Rabines Architects

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On a narrow beachfront lot in Malibu, California, is this unique, contemporary beach house redo by San Diego’s Safdie Rabines Architects. Originally purchased by a Los Angeles family drawn to the quiet neighborhood and ocean views, the place needed what they called a “major overhaul.” And major it was: four years in the making, the refurbishment preserved only two of the home’s original main walls — but now it is a stunning, soaring design of wood and glass that capitalizes on incredible vistas on both ends of the site. The home’s entryway is a three-story atrium that runs along the entire east side and allows for natural light in every corner. An indoor trellis of horizontal teak slats, and bamboo planted just outside the windows, offer both shade and privacy.

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The main oceanfront house contains one large, open-plan space with a living room and slightly raised kitchen/dining area; all three of these meld with the outdoor deck and pool. Further integrating colors of sea and sky are accents of blue in kitchen and dining areas; limestone flooring starts on the terrace and continues throughout the first floor and bathroom. Continuing the blend of indoors and out, that same stone is used for the fireplace surround and on walls leading from interior to exterior. An additional building is also part of this property, containing a guest suite, spa, gym, and the garage. Taking full advantage of sun-bathed ocean views, fresh coastline breezes, and open plans wrapped in warm wood: that’s this contemporary beach house by Safdie Rabines.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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