John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects' King house is a striking residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Santa Monica. The green and white exterior pattern is designed to mimic the dappled light coming through trees. More important, the architects placed the four-bedroom, four-bath house toward the back of the lot, not only creating a large yard in front but also exposing the heart of the L-shaped home to the neighborhood. "That really confuses people," Erin says. "People come over and ask, ‘Why did your architects take away your backyard?' " For the Kings, the design takes little away. Rather, it gives them a front porch — a patio, actually, that functions as a modern interpretation of the traditional porch.
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