Known throughout Los Angeles for their restaurant and bar designs at Venice’s Beechwood, Santa Monica’s Melisse, and Culver City’s Alibi Room, DEX Studio recently completed a 4,300 square foot home in Newport Coast, CA for Javier Vasquez of Miguel’s and Miguel’s Jr. restaurants.
Being one of the few modern buildings in the neighborhood, DEX mixed its dramatic features with softer touches to maintain a sense of community. The façade is composed of palm green Hardie Plank siding and a butterfly roof offset by a delicate white plaster wall that conceals the main entry. The façade’s strong geometric lines and use of color are balanced by subtle landscaping that includes drought-resistant landscaping, a koi pond, and a custom-designed water feature that channels water through linear slots. DEX strategically incorporated warmer materials, such as wood in unexpected areas like the underside of the roof, and decking, found around the pond. Theses elements give the home a modern presence without making it feel cold or unapproachable alongside the neighborhood’s more traditional homes.