In anticipation of its home tours and conference in LA later this month, Dwell has begun to post sneak peeks at some of the homes featured, starting with architect and author Tom Marble's home in Montecito Heights, Casa Cuadrada. Tom and his wife, artist Pae White (who has been commissioned by the W Hollywood to create a "hanging garden") have transformed their cube-like home into "a glowing box high atop a golden hill." Priced out of faux-Eastside locales like Silver Lake and Echo Park, they built the home on an empty lot on a ridge, adjacent to Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. With Marble acting as architect and contractor, and White as creative director, the house features a central courtyard to draw in light, and provide cross-ventilation (as well as provide a safe haven for their cat). The house also divides the living spaces into "two L-shapes, public and private, which are each on their own heating systems." When one is not in use, the couple is able to power down the other to conserve energy. Best of all, Marble was able to build economically, costing less than $150 per square foot to build, and trading White's art with landscape architect Mark Rios in exchange for his services.
· DOD Home Tour: Casa Cuadrada [Dwell]