Location : Mt. Washington, Los Angeles
Year : Construction Beginning Spring 2016
From a wall of sturdy yuccas small glimpses of this Mt. Washington retreat are revealed as one peers through to see what hides behind the trees. Using the existing 460 sqft. foot print of the house and adding another 200sqft Camp Dimmick has become a house that opens up. Utilizing the terraced site to expand the floor plan and take advantage of the canyon views this small house has a lot of space. Details are embedded into the project with a sensitivity to the environment. Behind the main house sitting under a 100 year old California pepper tree a rustic Pied-á-Terre perches. This hermitage is made from salvaged material from the original house. This rustic cabin gives a nod to what was here before and the early history of Mt. Washington as a place where many people built small vernacular retreats of humble materials.
Designed during the drought all measures have been taken to conserve and reuse water on the site. With a gray water system that provides for all the drought tolerant landscaping needs.
To see tagged pictures look here for a collection of snapshots of my life living onsite for a year + while figuring out the construction and design details. Its been a happily interesting year living out of doors - something I didn't expect to do but glad to have done -