Nichols Canyon project was a DIY heaven. Before & after shots document the process. I opted to do everything myself and take credit for it!
“When Los Angeles Architect Alla Kazovsky first laid eyes on the spot that would become her new home, she was struck by its immense front yard. The Nichols Canyon property was overgrown, and the house was a dilapidated 1934 ranch — but that “almost didn’t matter,” she says. “All I saw was the potential of this huge piece of land.” She cleared the land carefully retaining a collection of mature citrus and oak trees as well as a 100 rosebushes the former owners had lovingly cultivated. Installing a 40-foot lap pool that hugs the perimeter of the property came next. Then, alongside the pool, she carved out an open-air dining room. Her own lighting system embraced and further defined it.” — Inside/Outside Dining, Defined, July 2008
“This house is sited close to Hollywood’s bustling streets, but is visually and aurally isolated from the clamor and activity associated with big city life.
The home is entered through the living room where the charms of the old brick cabin linger in the vaulted wood-beam ceiling. A new glass-and-wood entry door ushers light liberally into the space. A dining room was created by reducing the kitchen’s original size and breaking down a wall. Expansive sliding glass doors span the dining room and part of the family room, opening onto the backyard patio, where only dirt existed before.” — Family Ties, Images Publishing, 2007