One on one with Homer Oatman, Architect

“The first and most important task in the design of a custom home is to have a guiding “Big Idea”. From there the rest of the design flows.”– Homer Oatman, Architect

I’ve been fortunate to have designed two Provence style houses in The Strand, and because of the The Strand’s unique location to the beach and tiered streets, each of the homes were designed to take in the awe-inspiring views.  The plan for the first estate home was based on 12th Century Provence cloister and is situated on a spectacular lot offering 270-degree views both up and down the coast. The down coast view will never be blocked due to the adjacent 70 acre nature preserve. Our client’s vision was to orient the house to maximize views in all directions and we accomplished this by designing the house with a U-shaped central courtyard oriented towards the views of Dana Point Harbor all the way to San Diego and placed the master bedroom in the direction of the incredible views up coast capturing Catalina Island and Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The second house is a formal Provence style located right on the beach with a two story façade facing the street and a third lower level at the rear which opens up to the beach.  The clients’ vision was to have a house that provided a view of the ocean from the front door all the way through to the back of the house.  We designed a central hallway through the middle of the house which provided a view of the ocean through a series of arches and which passed through a central stair hall house filled with natural light by way of a 17-foot square pyramidal skylight which provides illumination on all levels of the interior.  The great room  was designed with a 28-foot wide sliding glass door that opened onto a covered loggia facing the beach overlooking a half round cantilevered glass-bottomed spa with an infinity edge waterfall which appears to be spilling into the ocean below .  The spa is centered over a circular bar on the lower entertainment level below which is half indoors and half outdoors, bisected by a 24-foot wide full height glass wall facing the beach. When the weather permits, which is nearly every day a by a push of a button the glass wall descends into a vault beneath the floor of the entertainment level and indoor and outdoor become one.  -Homer Oatman Architect

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