Indeed, natural light fills what used to be a dilapidated drug house before Hoiles and architect Lloyd Russell (“It’s an uber-collaborative project,” Hoiles says) got hold of it. The resulting home was listed No. 2 on Dwell.com’s list of the top 20 homes of 2017.
The open floor plan, with its modernist concrete walls and natural wood tones on the vaulted ceiling, seems bigger than it really is thanks to a massive 9-foot-tall pocketed multi-slide door that opens from the kitchen/dining area to a courtyard that would be mostly covered if not for that unique curvilinear roof, out of which a huge half-moon shape appears to have been carved. And in the main living space, with its stylish Midcentury Modern-style furniture and small fireplace for cool oceanside evenings, a series of clerestory windows rings the room, each getting bigger as the slope of the roof gains in elevation.
On the opposite end of the courtyard, the master bedroom features Series 600 Sliding Glass Doors that face other across the bed, completely opening up the room to fresh California breezes.
“It is truly incredible for me to design, build, and live in SoCal, where one is connected to nature and can celebrate it with floor-to-ceiling glass doors everywhere,” Hoiles says.