The following are some photos of a house which I designed several years ago for a property in the Hollywood hills. The home was sold to a new owner who recently updated the landscaping and interior design. The house is 4,400 SF and has a panoramic view of the cities of Hollywood and Los Angeles below.
It should be noted that the original design for the exterior involved painting the middle two floors a contrasting color to the upper most and ground floor, which would have significantly reduced the homes apperance of height and mass.
I've decided to redesign the house for my property in Highland Park. This version is smaller (120 sm), and therefor will be less expensive to build. I am also planning on having the house built largely out of steel, and pre-fabricated by a company called Ecosteel based in Utah. The skin of the building is also a pre-fabricated assembly of R40 insulation sandwiched between sheets of metal, and simply screwed to the structural steel framing. The K-braces shown act as functional columns, supporting the cantilevered ends of the building. My estimated cost for the entire project is $250,000.