The project is an artist studio to be constructed on the front right side of an existing home. The studio will be approximately 180 square feet (12 feet by 15 feet).
The original home was designed by John Lautner in 1969. John Lautner was an early apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright (http://www.johnlautner.org). We are looking for a design that will complement and enhance our existing home.
The project is located in southern California and the site has setback and height limitations. The studio must be attached to the existing home and we are open to either a separate entry or entry from the house (or both). It is important that the studio have excellent lighting, ventilation and a large sink for cleaning paint brushes (no bathroom is needed). The studio will need a loft area for the storage of large canvas accessible by a “library type” ladder as there will not be enough space for a stairway. The existing home is on a relatively level pad and is slab on grade.
On the north wall where the studio will be attached, there are several windows and two of the existing windows will be impacted by the addition. The first window is in our office and is 58 inches by 19 inches. This window can be removed entirely or enlarged as an interior entry. The second window is located in the main bath. It would need to be removed and an operable skylight on the roof would need to be incorporated with the overall design.
The original home was built at approximately 14 feet however the new code requires a front setback of 20 feet and a side setback of 5 feet (unless the studio has a “legal” second story, the side setback becomes 10 feet). The interior of the studio will include stained concrete flooring and volume ceilings with open beams similar to the interior of the home.