Hawaiian Modern

Hawaiian Modern The starting point for this project was a 3/4 acre lot with an existing home, pool and mature vegetation throughout. The existing structure was updated and maintained as an ADU while a new single-story residence with detached garage was placed at the heart of the property. Inspiration gleaned from trips to Hawaii set the trajectory toward a modern residence which incorporated the best of tropical vernacular — a steep vaulted roof, deep overhangs, and warm wood siding. The end result is a finely crafted, yet comfortable home. The living experience is decidedly modern, yet nothing feels untouchable. It’s a home that’s meant to be enjoyed and lived in.   Published in San Diego Magazine: Get an Inside Look at This Sustainable Home in Leucadia   Construction Type: New Construction Location: Leucadia, CA Date Completed: 2020 Contractor: KR Building Interior Design: E + D Design 

North Granados

North Granados This new home in Solana Beach is a study on openness, careful alignments and long sight lines.  Expansive multi-panel doors slide away, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces.  A pool, spa and deck space were chosen over a traditionally landscaped backyard.  Exterior material palette is a mix of smooth troweled stucco, charred cypress siding, exposed masonry and glass.   Construction Type: New Construction Location: Solana Beach, CA Date Completed: 2018 Contractor: Steigerwald-Dougherty

Groezinger Residence

Groezinger Residence This remodel/addition to an existing home transformed the original living room and kitchen into a single great-room while opening up communication to the backyard.  The previous home’s kitchen was isolated from the living room and both rooms had no interaction with the outdoor spaces.  The project’s elevated ceiling heights and used architectural features, such as beams, to connect and define the spaces of the great room.  The inclusion of the multi-slide door emphasized the relationship to the newly designed yard with updated landscaping.  This project is a great example of how exterior upgrades and the transformation of a single space can dramatically change the way a family enjoys their home.     Construction Type: Addition/Remodel Location: Solana Beach, CA Date Completed: 2019 Contractor: B. A. Worthing Inc

Spencer Residence

Spencer Residence A small, oddly shaped lot on a coastal canyon provided the perfect opportunity to create a new home for the Spencer family.  Challenges included the need for a variance and a lengthy permit process with the Coastal Commission.  The payoff is a beautiful home now tucked in an existing neighborhood in old San Clemente.  Alternating stucco and cement board lap siding create a dynamic street front rhythm.  Large aluminum windows and doors open to a large second story deck and views to the canyon and ocean beyond.   Construction Type: New Construction Location: San Clemente, CA Date Completed: 2018 Contractor: DM Building

Hunter Street Residence

Hunter Street Residence This remodel to an existing home updates the interior, creating contemporary spatial features and new materiality.  The existing home has a unique style that was used to inspire the forms that define the spaces.  The new finishes cater to the homeowners distinct taste in elegant textures.  The project scope was limited to the most commonly used spaces: kitchen, living room and main entry corridor.  The inclusion of a large multi-slide door and interior glass railing emphasize the tranquil canyon views and flow between rooms.  This project is a great example of how limited updates can transform the feel of an existing home while still keeping the overall character intact. Construction Type: Addition/Remodel Location: San Diego, CA Date Completed: 2018


Neuhaus JLC was charged with transforming a 35 year old home which had suffered a remodel or two into a cohesive and modern home. Sustainable design principles were placed at the forefront of the design process alongside functionality and aesthetics. The end result is a roughly 3,000 sf home that is both comfortable and beautiful. The exterior palette is defined by Resysta siding and decking, acrylic stucco, a standing seam metal roof and black aluminum windows and doors. At the interiors white oak and walnut cabinetry throughout bring natural warmth to the clean, white interior. The home achieved LEED Platinum in 2017 and was featured on the San Diego Green Building Council’s 2017 Green Homes Tour.   One of San Diego Home/Garden 2019 Homes of the Year: Green Dream Project website: neuhaus-encinitas.blogspot.com   Construction Type: Addition/Remodel Location: Encinitas, CA Date Completed: 2017 Contractor: Alliance Green Builders Interior Designer: Doro Pirino

Irons Residence

Irons Residence Gut-remodel of an existing single family home. In keeping with the coastal climate, large multi-slide doors connect indoor and outdoor spaces. Porcelain tile, stucco and metal trim work completed the exterior palette.   From the homeowner: “Jean-Louis and staff were awesome to work with on the modern inspired design. The remodel design required keeping the majority of the existing small 1950’s beach bungalow while incorporating an additional 2000 sq. feet of living space. The goal was to create a modern home with open living space and needs of a growing family. In addition, the design would be seamless incorporating the old and new structure. Jean-Louis and team worked very hard with us to accomplish this goal. I felt they really listened and cared about the project. I would highly recommend JLC.”   Construction Type: Addition/Remodel Location: Cardiff, CA Date Completed: 2018 Contractor: KR Building Photos: Roberto Zeballos

Stabb Residence

Stabb Residence A duplex in its previous life, the design for this single family home took the existing structure down to the studs and added a small amount of square footage to the front and back of the home.  Stucco, engineered bamboo siding and aluminum windows and doors define the exterior palette.  Oak flooring and porcelain tile provide a neutral backdrop for bright maple cabinetry and selective tile accents.  JLC provided a complete design package including architecture, interiors and exterior hardscape.   From the homeowner: “A year and half ago I purchased a small duplex that I wanted to convert into a single family house. The location was great, with an existing ocean view, but the building was pretty spartan. Working closely with Tyler Van Stright at JLC, we came up with a great design that took maximum advantage of the existing structure, while creating a very modern/contemporary house. Since the property is in a view assessment area, we were limited in what could be done without triggering an extensive additional review and permitting process. Tyler was awesome at working through the design to maximize the use of the existing view and not requiring what would have been a great […]

Lam Residence

Lam Residence This gut remodel/addition created two distinct spaces for a couple and their parents to live together.  A second floor addition opens up the living space to create a large inviting space for entertaining, and the second floor master suite opens to mountain views.  White stucco with aluminum windows combine with cedar accents for a warm contemporary home in the country.   Construction Type: Remodel / Addition Location: Poway, CA Date Completed: 2018

Stevens Spec 2

Stevens Spec 2 This gut remodel / addition features an an open plan living space and 2nd floor master bedroom.  Multi-slide doors open to significant outdoor spaces including a large roof deck with views to the Pacific.  Smooth stucco, corrugated sheet metal, aluminum windows and doors and a custom steel entry door round out the material palette.  This is the second spec home completed with this particular developer.   Construction Type: Renovation/Addition Location: La Jolla, CA Date Completed: 2017