The corner lot at the base of San Jacinto Mountain in the Vista Las Palmas tract in Palm Springs included an altered mid-century residence originally designed by Charles Dubois with a simple gabled roof originally in the ‘Atomic Ranch’ style, a large rear yard disconnected from the house, a street wall that hid the house from the street and sweeping mountain views to the west and south. The new owners wanted a comprehensive, contemporary and visually connected redo of both interior and exterior spaces within the property. The project buildout included approximately 600 SF of new interior space including a new free standing pool pavilion at the southeast corner of the property which anchors the new rear yard pool space and provides needed covered exterior space on the site during the typical hot desert days.
The existing 2,800 SF one-story residence is completely remodeled with new finish materials, fixtures, equipment and minor flow changes to enhance the interior/exterior connections of the site. The project site improvements included expanding the pool, enlarging the spa, a new bocce ball court, a pool room and a new entry sequence that visually opens the house up to the street. Linking the existing residence with the exterior spaces was achieved by layering the property from west to east with walls, landscaping, water features and hardscape elements that unify the site as you move through it. In addition, the existing residence’s exterior walls were opened up to weave the exterior and interior spaces together. Large-format terrazzo tiles, vertical-grain Douglas fir cabinetry and colorful Heath tiles provide a consistent palette throughout the interiors.