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Photos by Philip Ennis

Bana Choura

Choura Architecture


This new modern home was built after the family could not find what they were looking for; they decided to demolish their split-level house and build a new one that fit their needs. The concept was to design an open space with all the living areas connected. A connection to the outside and an abundance of natural light were also priorities for the clients. To meet those requests, the architect used large windows and floor-to-ceiling bifold glass doors that open from the dining room to the deck outside.

Other Contributors: Alice Pirsu Interiors, Interior Design; NGI Development, Contractor


Photos by Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor, Nick Viazzo, and Nicolas Mariscal

Taylor Viazzo


Built as a peaceful, energy-efficient, and light-filled retreat for a family of five, this house was designed around a study of the clients’ lifestyle and two fundamental elements: sun and sound. The design allows sunlight to stream through the house from the south. The family likes to keep the windows open, so the living areas were kept to the back of the house. Large window arrays on the front of the house have shading devices to prevent excessive heat gain but allow in as much natural light as possible.

Other Contributors: Grigg & Davis Engineers, Structural Engineer; Barbara Taylor, Engineer Landscape Designer


Photos by Steve Freihorn and Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor, Herb Feuerstein, Nick Viazzo, Nicolas Mariscal

Taylor Viazzo

This home was to be a quiet, nature-filled oasis at the bustling intersection of a highway and a busy country road. To make that possible, the home was designed in a C shape, with its longest façade placed as close as possible to the highway. This allows the house to act as a sound wall, casting an acoustic shadow across a large inner courtyard with a pool, outdoor dining spaces, and sprawling lawn surrounded by evergreens.

Other Contributors: MJS Contracting, Contractor; Barbara Taylor, Contracting Landscape Designer


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