Taking inspiration from the coastal regions along both the Mediterranean and Mexican Riviera, this home gently cascades down the hillside to the beach below. Blessed with a temperate climate, abundant sunlight and breathtaking vistas, this design minimizes the barriers between the inside and the outside allowing nature to become part of the interior landscape. Outdoor rooms and terraces promote the flow of space and experience of light, view, air, etc. Many rooms have three exterior walls inviting natural sunlight and air.

The built structure and landscape features are integral with the property. It acknowledges the location and its surroundings. Features of the hillside topography and views resonate strongly in the resulting organization, character, and architectural language. We reflected on historical hillside homes throughout the world and responded by extending the house from the hillside not merely placing the home on top of it. Reacting to the shifts of the shape of the property, by adjusting walls to maximize views from different levels, and by creating outdoor terraces with connecting stairs. More discrete living spaces, intimate terraces, and exquisite surfaces and furnishings combine to create a casual, yet luxurious, coastal retreat.

About Us

Our design philosophy is predicated on deep, meaningful connections between the house and the land. Southern California is blessed with a nurturing environment that provides extraordinary opportunities for true indoor-outdoor living. The homes we design fulfill that promise with beauty and joy.


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The Mediterranean in Southern California

Architecture inspired by great traditions of the Mediterranean region has a long, rich history in California. The fruits of this long lineage flavor the character of our cities and dot the surrounding hillsides. At KAA Design, we have often found the Mediterranean architectures to be a perfect fit for our clients wishing to build here.

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