A Beacon of Light
Steve Lazar grew up by the ocean and, as an avid surfer and a craftsman, he has always been inspired by seaside architecture. His latest home, The Lifeguard Tower, features an expansive living area and kitchen, four bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room in Hermosa Beach. The architecture is comprised of three trapezoidal structures, one atop the other. From the base, the residence narrows as it reaches the “look-out” tower room that gives way to a picturesque, 1,600-square-foot grass-covered entertainment and dining deck facing the ocean. At night, the tower glows like a beacon of light, as it is beautifully illuminated through multiple windows that surround the structure.
Our Green Approach
The Lifeguard Tower is also an experience in green living, as it incorporates the weatherworn reclaimed wood of a 100-year-old barn. Lazar has sheathed the house in such a way that it can breathe and endure the elements. The home also utilizes a sophisticated water filtration system and features on-demand radiant heating and air. Dual-glazed windows, coated with a shaded reflective film, will reflect the heat of the sun, keeping the residence cool year-round. These windows, coupled with the unusual 36-inch-long eaves custom designed by Lazar, create more shade than what is typically found in ordinary construction.
Beachside Living at its Best
Lazar has creatively and methodically managed to appeal to both traditional and contemporary architecture buffs with the Lifeguard Tower. It is a romantic gesture to the past and a simultaneous whimsical nod to contemporary California beachside living.
Thoughtfully designed by Steve Lazar. design+build by South Swell. DesignBuildbySouthSwell.com. Photography by Laura Hull