Marcheeta I by McCleanDesign

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Architects: McCleanDesign

Photography: © Jim Bartsch


Location Los Angeles, CA
Project Type New Single Family Residence
Approximate size 9,000 sf
Completion date August 2016
Contractor Craig Williams Construction
Engineer Structures, Inc.

Marcheeta I

Marcheeta I is located on a tight lot in a very desirable tract in the hills above Sunset plaza. Our goals for this project where to make the most of the views and utilize the terrain of the lot to allow for a large basement level entertaining area as well as parking.

Because the lot sloped back in two directions we were able to enter the basement level garage from the street and also create a small rear yard providing light and access to additional bedrooms and entertainments spaces. A key issue is privacy from the street.

WE achieved this using a beautiful marble wall that completely screens the front of the house and creates an entry water courtyard that opens to the kitchen. The house is flooded with natural light through the use of large operable walls and linear skylights.

We worked with Lynda Murray Interior Design to create a palette of rich warm natural tones using different stones and wood ceilings to give the home a comfortable feel. The pool on the main level of the house cascades into a water feature below which wraps around a fire pit off the main entertaining space. A unique feature of the home is the skylights within the pool that allow daylight and views of swimmers to the pool below.


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Paul McClean


“I grew up in Ireland where I attended the Dublin Institute of Technology graduating with honors in architecture in 1994. During my time at university I traveled extensively and worked for award winning architectural practices in London, Dublin and Sydney, Australia. I also had an opportunity to work with the Monument Service of Ireland sketching and surveying many of the historic castles and monasteries dotted throughout the Irish landscape. In addition, I spent a year working with a firm in Dublin on museums and art galleries in the national capital. After graduation, I arrived in Southern California and worked for various local architectural firms before establishing McClean Design in 2000. I feel that we have been very fortunate these last few years and have managed to complete many new homes. I have always enjoyed working with different people and am constantly amazed by the different and varied backgrounds of our clients. I have been able to establish lasting relationships with high quality builders and other design professionals helping to ensure that our entire team is committed to realizing the dreams and aspirations of our clients. Design is more than a job for me. It is what I wanted to do as a little boy and which I am lucky enough to be able to practice today and hopefully for a very long time.”

Paul McClean is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a licensed architect in the state of California.


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

T) 714.505.0556
F) 714.532.2924



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