Site size: 2,700 sf

Project size: 3,200 sf

Program: The architect—a Hermosa Beach native—wanted to build a house that would attract a contemporary, urban buyer seeking a home in a quiet beach community.

Location: Hermosa Beach, California

Solution: The architect designed a wood-frame, split-level house with a covered deck and open kitchen, dining, and living space occupying the top floor. He situated the master suite and an attached patio on the ground level, with three additional bedrooms on the lower level.

Construction and materials: The board-formed concrete exterior features smooth stucco, mahogany siding, factory coated aluminum, and a galvanized steel railing. Inside, a similarly restrained palette of white and wood utilizes engineered white oak floors, smooth epoxy concrete floors, and rift-cut white oak cabinetry.


Additional Information

Completion date: May 2016

Gross square footage: 3,200 sf

Total project cost: $2 million

Total construction cost: $1 million

Owner: Luc Berne




Luc Berne
315 24th St.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254


Structural Engineer:

Palos Verdes Engineering


General contractor:

Hyatt Construction



Shanden Brutsch, 808-640-3089





Structural System

Concrete retaining walls for basement
Wood framed
Some steel for cantilevers and large openings

Exterior Cladding

Metal panels: Omega panels


Metal frame: Metal Window Corp.


Entrances: Arcadia Inc.

Sliding doors: Arcadia Inc.

Interior Finishes

Solid surfacing: ColorQuartz


Office furniture: The home was staged by Meridith Baer


Downlights: Tech Lighting