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Projects   Residential Quarterly – July 2005
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Burton House

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.
LUCE et Studio Architects

LUCE et Studio brightens a California suburb with the steel-framed Burton House


Photo © Arch Photo / Paul Rivera
   

By Ann Jarmusch

Abbie and Bill Burton run a landscape-architecture firm north of San Diego in a busy design district. Home is their tranquil, orderly haven. Unless, that is, they’re entertaining, which requires serious cooking in their 40-foot-long commercial kitchen.

Their two-story, 1970s-era suburban house in Cardiff-by-the-Sea has been turned upside down, so to speak, in a renovation by LUCE et Studio. The designers relocated rooms traditionally at street level—kitchen, living room with a deck, dining area—and the master bedroom to the second floor. The move also captures views of the Pacific Ocean and further removes the couple from intrusions.

The Burtons’ combination of introverted and gregarious personalities fueled LUCE et Studio’s redesign of their home, which was accomplished within the original form and footprint. Jennifer Luce, AIA, a friend of the couple, had already collaborated with them to transform an old warehouse into their office. Talk about redoing the Burton home began with a basic landscape architect’s question: What is the ground plane? “That’s how the steel floor came to be,” Luce said, referring to the bluish-gray steel plate that begins inside the front door, then moves into the house to blanket floors on both levels. Visitors often mistake the flooring for stone, perhaps because it was laid like stone. But steel is superior, staying cool in summer and warm in winter.

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the People

Owner
Abbie & Bill Burton

Architect
LUCE et Studio Architects, Inc.
5070a Santa Fe Street
San Diego, CA 92109
858.274.0223 t
858.274.0226 fax
www.lucestudio.com

Principal in Charge:
Jennifer Luce, AIA.

Project Manager:
Aaron Anderson

Design Team:
Lindsay Bresser, Sharon Stampfer, Amy Larimer

Interior designer:
LUCE et Studio

Engineer(s)
R.L. Biggers & Associates,
David Wolfson, Project Manager

Consultant(s)
Landscape:
Burton Associates, Bill & Abbie Burton

Lighting:
Burke Lighting Design, Cynthia Burke www.burkelighting.com

Colorist - exterior stucco:
Conover Design, Celia Conover

General contractor
Beacham Construction, Inc.,
Mike Perreault, Site Supervisor www.beachamconstruction.com

Subcontractor(s)
Electrical:
The Electric Company

Woodwork:
Jacobs Woodworks

Metalwork:
Vincent Designs vincentdesigns.com
Goppwerks
Sun Sheet Metal
Hype Arc Studio
Designs in Iron

Photographer(s)
Arch Photo, Inc., Paul Rivera

CAD system, project management, or other software used
AutoCAD www.autodesk.com, Form Z www.formz.com

the Products

Exterior cladding
EIFS, ACM, or other:
Omega Stucco w/ acid wash finish www.omega-products.com

Windows
Aluminum Storefront:
Arcadia www.arcadiaproducts.com

Glazing
Skylights:
Barrisol, USA www.barrisolusa.com

Glass:
A&A Glass

Master Shower Glass:
Bendheim www.bendheim.com, Seabreeze Glass

Doors
Entrances:
custom stainless steel slider door,
LUCE et Studio www.lucestudio.com

Aluminum doors:
Arcadia www.arcadiaproducts.com

Wood doors:
custom, Jacobs Woodworks

Electric doors (at living room):
Faltec doors by Crawford-Amber www.crawfordamber.co.uk

Hardware
Locksets:
d-line www.dline.com

custom Pulls:
custom

Door tracks:
custom

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Jacobs Woodworks

Wallcoverings:
Felt walls in bathroom: Felt Studio feltstudio.com

Wood Paneling:
custom

Metal Paneling:
custom

Special surfacing & floor tile:
– Steel floors: custom steel panels (main living spaces & master bedroom)
– Rubber floors: American Flooring (kitchen & master bedroom) americanfloorcovering.com
– Concrete floors: acid wash finish (bathrooms)

Carpet:
Astroturf (girl’s bedroom)

Furnishings
Sofa:
“Groundspiece” by Flexform www.flexform.it

Lounge chair:
“Flag Halyard” by Hans Wegner

Barstools:
“Ratafiero” by Mobitare

Upholstery:
Maharam felt www.maharam.com

Dining chairs:
IKEA www.ikea.com

Master Bed:
“Tokyo” by Porro www.porro.com

Lighting
Interior ambient lighting:
– Erco LEDs www.erco.com
– Ingo Maurer surface lighting
– Osram LEDs www.osram-os.com

Downlights:
– IDL www.idl-lighting.com
– Lighting Services, Inc. www.lightingservicesinc.com

Task lighting:
Ingo Maurer www.ingo-maurer.com

Exterior:
– Erco www.erco.com
– LUCE et Studio custom www.lucestudio.com

Controls:
Lutron Homeworks www.lutron.com

Plumbing
Master bathroom:
– Custom resin tub/sink by LUCE et Studio www.lucestudio.com, fabricated by Atta, Inc. www.attainc.com
–  Lefroy Brooks XO series floor mounted tub filler www.lefroybrooks.co.uk
– Boffi tub fillers www.boffi.com
–  Boffi shower fixtures www.boffi.com
– Duravit toilet by Philippe Starck www.duravit.com

Boy’s bathroom:
– Agape sink
–  Boffi faucets www.boffi.com
–  Waterworks shower www.waterworks.com
– Toto toilet www.totousa.com

Girl’s bathroom:
– Custom rubber sink
– Kohler trough sink & bathtub www.kohler.com
– Vola faucet
–  Waterworks shower www.waterworks.com
– Custom shower curtain
– Toto toilet www.totousa.com

Powder room:
– Agape sink
– Agape faucets
– Toto toilet www.totousa.com

Kitchen
– Custom resin countertop by LUCE et Studio www.lucestudio.com, fabricated by Atta, Inc. www.attainc.com
– Dornbracht faucets www.dornbracht.com
– potfiller by Blanco www.blancoamerica.com
– Whitehaus sinks www.whitehauscollection.com
– Kohler trough sink www.kohler.com
–  Subzero refrigerators www.subzero.com
–  Subzero icemaker www.subzero.com
– Imperial ranges, ovens, & commercial cabinet system www.imperialrange.com
– Kitchen Aid dishwasher www.kitchenaid.com
–  Gaggenau fryer www.gaggenau.com

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