In Los Angeles, the traditional family home can have many configurations.
For 15 years, Jamie Klasfeld’s home base was the Sierra Towers high-rise condominium complex in West Hollywood.
“We’re from New York and liked apartment living,” she says.
Still, she dreamed of a single-family home with a yard for her active family.
So when she and her family finally moved into a new 4,000-square-foot home in Studio City — their first — the artist was overcome with emotion.
“It’s like a dream,” she says of the house she shares with her husband and their two children, Frankie, 11, and Duke, 7. “When we lived in a tiny apartment in New York, we had a view of a wall.”
After searching all over Los Angeles, the couple purchased a 1946 Tudor in desperate need of remodeling and hired designer Bryan Wark to draft something new.
Working with contractor Dana Benson, Wark proposed a simple and modern design based on Klasfeld’s vision board: A light-filled family compound influenced by the spare geometry of pioneering modernist architect Irving Gill.
The exterior of the house is classic Gill with smooth plaster walls, simple lines and a flat roof. But inside, Wark created an up-to-the-minute feel with 12-foot-high ceilings, warm woods, layers of white and board-form concrete walls.
“It’s a unique blend of a lot of different things that work seamlessly together,” says Wark. “It’s a very Los Angeles house for right now.”
Custom details include 8-foot-tall Hollywood Regency-style doors, delicate wallpaper based on Klasfeld’s artworks and custom steel windows and doors, powder-coated black and made in Tijuana. A floating wall, filled with firewood, doubles as a…
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