Desert Residence

The design for this house was inspired by a long tradition of modern architecture in desert surrounding. Palm Springs is probably the best world-wide known desert community inspiring that type of tradition. Beauty in the desert lies in details, in dramatic, draught tolerant plants; in patterns, and in stones. Modern houses can reflect this same concept. The architect chose plain forms with beautiful, unique details.

Desert Residence - Entrance

Desert Residence – Entrance

The Adobe-like forms with smoothened corners and roof lines are reminiscent of strong, desert winds. A white palette creates shades of white that are impossible to reach in other climates without desert sun. The white color has practical function since it reflects light, and absorbs the least heat. Little clay roofs are inspired by the tiles on the roofs of the Californian missions. A golden stripe applied in elevation reflects the sun and creates shimmering reflections, almost bringing to mind desert mirages.

Downey Mansions

The Downey mansions are a clear reflection of the big dreams of RPP Architects’ clients. Approximately 5,000 Sq. Ft. to 10,000 Sq. Ft., usually 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, all featuring port cosheres, vaulted ceilings, circular staircases, home theaters, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

The Mediterranean-inspired exteriors feature prominent two story entry elements, arches, columns, and tiled roofs.

Beach Villa on Bluff Place

This elegant, contemporary oceanfront villa is the result of artful, clever, and ingenious design that provides two functional dwellings. The Beach Villa is one of three custom homes that RPP Architects designed on Bluff Place in Long Beach, California.

Inspiration for the Beach Villa came from Mediterranean architecture, where light color stucco and generous tile work are paramount. However, large window openings allowing ocean and peninsula panoramic views are a modern and technologically advanced feature of this twenty-first century villa.

Even with very limited square footage and a structure housing two separate units, the sculptured form allows for decks and openings for direct exposure to the ocean breeze.

Beach Villa on Bluff Place - Plan

Beach Villa on Bluff Place – Plan

In this project, RPP Architects acted as the planning liaison, coordinated Coastal and Zoning permits, and processed the Building plans until a Building Permit was issued.

Naples Residence

A house can express history in its most intimate form. Designed by Roger Peter Porter as a retreat, this residence is the result of traditional Spanish style influence in a contemporary setting.

The home conveys a strong sense of history, with a round entry tower, arched windows and doors, tile work, and wrought iron balustrade design. The narrow two-story facade contrasts with a grand two story living room space.

Wrought iron stairs lead to a roof deck, one of the biggest assets of the house. The Spanish style is enhanced by the use of dry-tolerant plants in landscape areas.

Naples Residence - Entry

Naples Residence – Entry


Signal Hill Custom Homes with Ocean Views

The Signal Hill Ocean View homes located along Molino Avenue are the product of cooperation between RPP Architects and one of the most active developers in the Signal Hill area. One of the main goals in the design process was to bring diversity in exterior styling, variation in massing, and to avoid the “tract home” suburban aesthetic in the design process of the six custom residences located on one city block.

Signal Hill Ocean View Homes - 2

Most of the homes have reverse floor plans, with living spaces opening to generous decks on the second floor to take advantage of the views toward the ocean. The Single family residences are approximately 3,700 Sq. Ft., with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and a 3 car garage, all built in 2006.

Signal Hill Ocean View Homes - Collage

Signal Hill Ocean View Homes – Collage

The diversity of RPP Architects’ design brings individuality, character, and quality to the Signal Hill community.

More of our design experience in custom homes.

Hilltop Residence for Mr. McCune

Located at the top of Signal Hill, this sophisticated urban villa’s most prized feature is an unprecedented 360 degree view of Long Beach, Catalina island, the Palos Verdes peninsula, and the pacific ocean. The residence has approximately 3,700 Sq. Ft., with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 offices, and a 3 car garage,  with an elevator on all 3 levels. It is considered by professionals as the most amazing custom home ever built in the City of Signal Hill.

The biggest challenge faced in the project was compliance with the View Protection Ordinance enforced by the city of Signal Hill. Designer Bozena Jaworski conducted extensive community meetings, followed by public hearings of the Planning Commission. The plans were molded and modified to address neighbors concerns and mitigate the view impact. Finally, the entitlement to build the residence and the carriage house was granted by the Planning Commission.

The European-inspired exterior features a stylish tower element, to give the house impact when seen. Varied low-pitch roof lines, wrought iron balconies, tilt-turn awnings, and stone elements all make the structure pleasant to see.

McCune Hilltop Residence - Interior

McCune Hilltop Residence – Interior

The first floor has an elegant staircase leading up to the expansive second floor, with bedrooms, an adjoining gourmet kitchen, and covered decks with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The elevator allows for easy access to the exquisite Owner’s retreat located on the third floor, where great views and absolute privacy provide a spa-like setting.

Ocean View Hill Street Residence for Mr. Thien Ta

Nested high above the Pacific, this California hillside courtyard home overlooks the ocean coast from Newport Beach to the Palos Verdes peninsula. The residence has approximately 4,600 Sq. Ft., divided between 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a library, office, and a 3 car garage with a motor court.

The designer, Bozena Jaworski, maximized the project potential and succeeded, despite strict view protection restrictions. With a design respectful of the adjacent homes’ ocean views, carefully crafted roof lines and sensitively designed massing create an exiting spatial composition, with an aesthetically pleasing streetscape.

Thien Ta Residence in Ocean View - Elevation

Thien Ta Residence in Ocean View – Elevation

The side entry courtyard elevated bridge crossing over the moat-like area invite guests through a broad archway to the ornate wrought iron entrance. The second floor main entry tower links a private master suite entry vestibule, the living room, and casual living areas with a gallery hall. All of the spaces on the top level are open to the shaded wraparound balconies and expansive terrace with panoramic vistas. The curved staircase leads down to the lower level sleeping quarters and family entertainment center, extended visually into the landscaped courtyard. The master suite turret allows for interrupted 270 degrees coastal view.

Tuscan Residence for Mr. Floresca

This project is the best example of RPP helping its client to realize the unique objectives of their project. The design was centered around the client’s goals, with an ocean view and site planning for two luxury condominiums, as well as compliance with the local View Protection Ordinance.

The design encompasses two Tuscan style residences flanking a compact interior court yard. A romantic gated tower entry in the front residence leads through an inner intimate courtyard to a formal front paneled door. The tower’s second floor loggia, accessible through a bridged deck, is optimal for ocean views, and provides a serene place of meditation quality. The second residence, located on the back of the lot, features views of the coast from the secluded second floor balcony.

Varied low-pitched red tile roof lines, stone veneer, decorative railings, and wrought iron artwork all establish a comfortable garden atmosphere. The twentieth century Tuscan-inspired style is far more reaching than just that, incorporated elements from the European Renaissance, Moorish, and various Mediterranean styles. Materials of stone and earthen palettes gives the home the illusion of being one with the landscape.

Hill Street Ocean View Residence

This residence is RPP Architects’ best example of how our custom home design is focused on reflecting the needs and personality of the client.

The designer committed to create a house design integrated with the hillside, minimizing view impact to the surrounding residents and capturing dramatic ocean views at the same time.

The curved stucco walls provide a feeling of continuity that links the different areas of the home. Wavy decks wrap around cylindrical shapes of structure, capturing 180 degrees of ocean view. Railing spruced with mosaic and curvy shapes glass reinforces the flow of the forms in an organic manner.

Hill Street Ocean View Construction

Hill Street Ocean View Construction

The rooms, which capture views and natural light, are covered with numerous fixed and operable glass windows. The residence is approximately 4,500 Sq. Ft., with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, an office, and a 3 car garage.