Plein Air Living Off the Ground

Beverly at Eastwood Village
Beverly at Eastwood Village homes designed by Danielian Associates come with “California Terraces.”

California may be the epitome of indoor/outdoor architectural flow, but limited land can challenge that legacy. Enter the upstairs outdoor room, a design trend that has architects taking plein air living off the ground, up to the second, third and even higher stories. In Irvine, At Beverly at Eastwood Village in Irvine, homes designed by Danielian Associates come with “California Terraces” – three-walled, covered living spaces on the second floor. The fourth wall is entirely open (no glass sliders or walls), bringing patio-perks to a higher level. Orange County-based architect Robert Hidey Architects took a different approach at Jewel, a collection of  luxury single-family residences in Playa Vista. There, he designed dramatic third-floor entertainment lofts complete with kitchen, dining and seating areas. Two walls are completely open, with curtains providing privacy and protection when closed, and stunning Silicon Beach and mountain views when open. (