This is a significant and historical project I was commissioned as a designer/artist working with real estate developer Xorin Balbis in Hollywood California.
Restore and update a historical house designed and built by architect Lloyd Wright, the son of one of the most celebrated American architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.
I was commissioned as a designer and builder by Xorin Balbas on two prior homes in Montecito California where we successfully designed and built multi million dollar homes together ( see Xorin Balbis Estate) using my unique and creative one of a kind designs.
With the Snowden house a perfect canvas to sink my teeth into, the fact the Snowden House was all “pre-cast” architecture, a method the Wrights were famous for, this was the ultimate test of my skills.
First I added the simple swimming pool to add water in the garden that was aesthetic and useful. To tie the historical pre cast to the pool I made molds off the existing house, and cast them in a fiber reinforced cement to face the raised spa for the purpose of connecting the new pool to the older existing house to blend architectural elements as one design concept.
In the gutted master bathroom the design was inspired by the artifact overhead square light with circular pattern designed and made by Frank Lloyd Wright . I mimicked the circular pattern in the floor and the stepping stones in The koi pond to mimic Frank Lloyd Wright’s design style. The koi pond itself was a serendipitous decision to take the existing closet ,and blow the roof off it to let natural light in the master bath and to create a intimate and private garden space for the master bath.
This project was completed around 2004 and is well known as one of the most successful remodel projects in recent decades.