By Kathryn M.

Acclaimed architect Stuart Magruder and his partner, Emily, are looking to part ways with their eye-catching Los Angeles home. After acquiring the dwelling in 2003, the founder and principal of Studio Nova A Architects revamped the space into a four-bedroom retreat for his growing family.

The 1941 California bungalow is perched 14 feet above the sidewalk and nestled behind mature trees in the tiered front yard. To maximize the views from the residence, the architect added a second level to the structure, which gently rests on the dwelling’s original frame. “The design of the house sprang from the site,” the architect says. “Now, the home appears as two rectangles that share one side.”

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