A blend of steel, copper and glass frames a Santa Monica Canyon contemporary built by Los Angeles architects Mark Cigolle and Kim Coleman originally as a live-work space for their young family.
Constructed in 1992, the house features a top-level atelier that can be used as an office, a gym or an art gallery. A sliding glass door leads to a deck with an outdoor shower, and across to a guest suite with a bathroom. Below are family living spaces and bedrooms.
The neighborhood, known as an artists' and entertainment-industry enclave, offers direct access to the beach and the canyon forests nearby.
"My wife and I live in the canyon and walked by the house for several years," says owner Steve Richards, an entertainment executive. "We thought it was a unique house, architecturally, and that it would be perfect because we have two kids. When we bought it, it needed some work, so we did a lot of upgrades. By the time it was finished, we had second thoughts and decided to stay in our current house."
Extensive renovations were done, with improvements to the kitchen, flooring, pool and landscaping. Rooms have access to the outdoors, with gardens, large decks or terraces offering ocean or canyon views.