Hillcrest by McClean Design


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Location Beverly Hills, CA
Project Type New Single Family Residence
Approximate size 10,000 sf
Completion date August 2016
Engineer Habib Soleymani



This hillside home is located in Trousdale, Beverly Hills a neighborhood of single story homes famed for their views and movie stars.

Our clients wanted an extensive basement level to provide entertaining spaces due to the limited options above grade. Our challenge was to find a way to get light to these spaces since the design would need to consist of a true basement.

We took the concept of a light well and expanded it to create a true water garden located in the middle of the house allowing us to create a dramatic glass bridge entry to the home. The bridge is a unique experience changing the user’s perception as they leave the garden behind and enter the house.

The water garden below dapples light throughout the basement making these spaces amongst the most interesting within the house contrasting with the view orientated rooms above.

The house is fused with natural light throughout and a warm palette of natural materials creates a very comfortable living environment.


Photographer: Jim Bartsch

 Photos © Jim Bartsch,  Courtesy of McClean Design

McClean Design

photo1_i12421920x0_9_1Paul McClean trained as an architect in Ireland and founded McClean Design in 2000. Over the last fifteen years, MCCLEAN DESIGN has grown into one of the leading contemporary residential design firms in the Los Angeles area committed to excellence in modern design.

We are currently working on more than twenty large homes across much of Southern California with additional projects in San Francisco, Vancouver and New York.
Our projects reflect an interest in modern living and a desire to connect our clients to the beauty of the surrounding natural environment.

We make extensive use of glazing systems to maximize views and provide a warm light filled contemporary space. We strive for simplicity and an openness to the surrounding landscape that erodes the division between indoor and outdoor spaces; homes with an emphasis on texture and natural materials.

We are committed to environmentally sustainable design practices and have extensive experience in both Orange and Los Angeles counties with a proven ability to navigate complicated approval processes such as the Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills Design Review Board as well as Coastal Commission.

We keep an open mind on questions of style preferring to strike a balance between the best solution for the site, our clients’ preferences, and what is potentially approvable for each particular site. Our staff offers a full range of design skills including interior design ensuring that our projects are completed in a timely manner and to the highest standards.

We work with both homeowners and developers and our staff offers a full range of design skills ensuring that our projects are completed in a timely manner and to the highest standards. We continue to strive for excellence in design and to push the boundaries of imagination in creating extraordinary spaces that we hope will provide enjoyment for many years to come.


McClean Design
190 S. Glassell St. #203
Orange, CA 92866

T) 714.505.0556
F) 714.532.2924




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