Project Info

  • Project Name: Monte Vista
  • Location Details: Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs, CA
  • House Specs: 1959 Palmer-Kreisel Designed “Flat Roof” Alexander 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom 1600 sq ft.



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With our extensive experience with working with Alexander built homes, we were able to take advantage of post and beam construction and use unrealized space...

  • The clients originally hired us to design a casita or an expansion on the existing foot print of the house but didn't want to give up the beautiful yard and lush green lawn that they and their children enjoyed so much. That of course was quite a challenge as the only area for expansion was the backyard. In terms of the interior, the guest bathroom was too small especially with multiple kids and house guests. The master bathroom did not have the feel of a grand master bath as was common in Alexander built homes. The owners also wanted to refresh the finishes on the house and have the windows and doors to more appropriate of the house while increasing their energy efficiency.

  • After carefully considering the scope and options of the project, we proposed to the client that we could give them more useable space without adding square footage to their house. With our extensive experience with working with Alexander built homes, we were able to take advantage of post and beam construction and use unrealized space in and near the breezeway, the side yards, and far side of the swimming pool. For the exterior, we replaced all the existing concrete and reconfigured it to include more useable space and the creation of two inviting outdoor lounge beds. Since the house lacked a grand entry, we designed "floating" concrete pads over a water feature which leads to extra-large glass front door. Off the kitchen, a new outdoor dining space was created, which is covered with a period appropriate wood slated pergola. On the opposite side of the house the owners wanted to have a master retreat to relax their cares away. The outdoor spa was designed for the use of the master bedroom occupants and works nicely with the outdoor shower.
    • Housely: "20 Incredible Residences by H3K Design"
      Housely: "20 Incredible Residences by H3K Design"

      H3K got some outstanding attention from Housely.com recently. Here's what they had to say about our work:
      "Have you ever seen a home design so fabulous that you wondered who did it and how? Probably. Sure, there are plenty of people who would love to redecorate and redesign their homes, but they often find themselves stuck deciding where to start and what to do. Like any other form of art, designing a home requires a lot of thought, attention to detail, time, and dedication. In fact, many people view their homes as canvases waiting to be touched. Even for people who are able to come up with lots of amazing ideas, it can still be difficult to put them into action. Also, in many cases, there are budget, space, and other constraints that keep people from bringing their ideas to life. 

      Written on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 21:06
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