40-Mile-View House

Complete reimagining of an unremarkable 1950s, 2 story, tract home and landscape with 40 mile incredible views of the valley.

Location: Encino, CA

Architect: Kadre Architects

This project is a reimagining of an unremarkable 1950s, 2 story, tract home and garden in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. This flag lot property had access to incredible views which the existing house minimized from every room. Our radical transformation focused on changing the dumpy proportion of the existing structure from the outside and maximizing the views from every part of the interior. Previously underused parts of the garden were engaged by simply reorienting the adjacent living spaces.

Processional garden entry carefully guides the visitor to the oversized door, while offering long views of the garden. The house was completely gutted to create a bridge connecting the second level main suite and remaining bedrooms through a grand two-story space. The home’s previously detached and underutilized recreation room was connected to the main house with a sunlit walkway and reimagined as a guest wing.  In addition, the architects enhanced the indoor-outdoor flow, by creating large doors and a massive, shaded, elevated deck, flush with the home’s interior.