Visit an Open and Airy Southern California Home With Ocean Views
Ileana Frometa Grillo was 12 years old when she fell in love with Southern California during a vacation from her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. “Somehow I knew I was going to be here,” Grillo says. Years later, she made that dream a reality when she and husband Tim Kippen found a tear-down property near Laguna Beach that fit their budget and allowed them to create a personalized home from scratch.
For help developing the difficult wedge-shaped site into a spacious, open home with an art studio for Grillo and a rental unit to supplement the couple’s income, they searched Houzz for architects in the area. They kept coming back to the work of Anders Lasater, and they hired him to design a home that imitates the tropical, open feel of spaces in Venezuela. The new home features lots of windows oriented to the ocean, durable materials that hold up to beach life and pops of blue that nod to the sea.