When it comes to homes, location is key. So when the owners of a Westlake Village residence finished raising their family, they decided to stay put and renovate their lakeside home. They loved the spot so their goals included maximizing the lake views in an updated space that would also showcase their contemporary art collection. Another goal was to share it all. “They love to entertain and have family and friends over to enjoy the views and the lake,” says Karen Shoener, CID, ASID, president of Designs of the Interior in Westlake Village, who oversaw the lakeside renovation project.
The easy flow of the open-concept 3,735-square-foot contemporary house, completed in 2016, combines with specific design features to make it an entertainer’s dream. “The homeowner loves to cook,” says the designer of the project, Carla Padour, a certified interior designer at Designs of the Interior. “And since everyone always hangs out in the kitchen, we put hydraulic swivel barstools at the island so people can sit comfortably, have a glass of wine, and also talk with people at the dining table and in the living areas.” The large earth-tone granite island contains a second sink to help facilitate food preparation and cleanup.
Padour’s design also incorporates party-ready amenities, such as a double oven, a six-burner stove, and a built-in temperature-controlled wine niche designed and built by Cellar Masters (cellarmastersinc.com) of Newbury Park. A Control4 smart-home system allows the homeowners to stream music through built-in speakers and to control automated solar shades (recessed to prevent obstruction of views) and lighting from a touch panel on the wall or with their iPads or iPhones.
“The homeowners are delighted with the way the house flows for entertaining,” says Padour. “One of the things they enjoy the most is the large great room where groups can mingle and there are smaller conversation areas. Each area touches the other, and the furniture, including swivel chairs, is situated to lend itself to that. The chairs can also swivel to look over the lake.”
Views of the Lake – Expansive Windows
The contemporary design brings the outside in with an expanse of windows and sliding glass doors that lead to the landscaped back patio. A soothing neutral color
palette of off-white, gray, and earth-tones in the kitchen and living areas is punctuated with a pop of blue in an area rug echoing the color of the lake. “The blue rug is another way of bringing the outdoors in,” says Shoener.
The same tongue-and-groove wood plank ceiling that spans both the great room and the kitchen extends out to the patio, along with the travertine stone floor, creating an inviting outdoor room with heaters in the ceiling for comfortable year-round gettogethers. “It was important to the homeowners that the house really flow well to the outside,” says Padour. A gas grill and cooktop, a cozy fire pit, a hot tub, and a sculptured-stone water feature complete the outdoor space, which leads to the water, where a private dock provides opportunities for scenic boat rides on the lake.