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Southbay HOME Magazine features Joseph Spierer | Fall 2019

Describe the featured project.

This spacious, modern-traditional home is a simplified Cape Cod style with a hint of English flavor. Designed with a mix of traditional architecture and contemporary open areas, this airy estate features 10,000 square feet of living space with seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.

Built on three levels, the main floor openly flows from the 18-foot ceiling entryway to the gourmet chef’s kitchen and family room. Built-in custom fireplaces in the living room, dining room, family room and master suite add elegant warmth. The master suite opens to a private balcony with sweeping views of Catalina Island, while the master bathroom features magnificent Carrara and white Thassos marble and his-and-hers walk-in closets.

On the lower level, the media room is equipped with a top-of-the-line surround system and custom floor-to-ceiling paneling, an exercise room, custom-built walnut wine cellar, rec room with a bar, and a bonus room, as well as two full bedroom suites with access to a covered patio. A custom-paneled elevator connects each floor. The expansive backyard features a pool/spa and custom-built BBQ.

Do you consider yourself a visual storyteller in your work?

We present each of our projects with a distinct narrative. Our way of gathering information through client interviews is essential to telling a story that expresses not only the personalized design but the feeling and reasoning behind each decision. Our state-of-the-art design tools help as well. As an exception in our industry, we build all our designs in 3-D on the computer. Recently we began using virtual reality to place our clients inside their designs. This gives the opportunity to walk through a finished home before construction even begins. To execute our philosophy of producing exclusive, individualized homes requires a great deal of storytelling and careful examination.

What steps do you take to get to know your clients?

We begin by conducting a thorough analysis to understand the existing conditions of the site. Next we ask our clients an extensive scope of questions. Beyond the typical “How many bedrooms?” we ask, “What is your morning routine like?” or “When you entertain, what does that look like?” We try to have the first meeting in the client’s home to give us a glimpse into their everyday life and observe how they move through their home.

Next we aim to draw out the client’s sense of style from magazine clippings and photographs of homes that appeal to them. Combined with images we provide, the next step is to discuss all the photos collectively and the particular elements you like about each one. After we incorporate this information, we can create a space that will enrich your everyday life.

To see our online feature in Southbay HOME, click here


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