Thomas Torres Architect, Malibu, CA

PO BOX 1181 Malibu, CA 90265

Thomas Torres Architect

A 15,000-square-foot residence in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, overlooking a country club, presents countless opportunities for over-the-top, garish embellishments. But instead of succumbing to those temptations, this home's new owner, a fortysomething media entrepreneur, and his design team exercised uncommon and laudable restraint when reconceiving the circa-1926 house. The team comprised interior designer Jerry Meyer, architects Walter Meyer (no relation to Jerry) and A. Thomas Torres, contractor John Finton, and landscape architect Maureen Barnes. The owner purchased the residence three years ago and then gave his charges a one-year deadline to renovate and furnish it. In that time, they created a house that reveals its charms gradually, one room at a time, instead of all at once. "There are a lot of parts to the home that are appealing, but not competing," explains Walter Meyer. "Each room can stand alone and has its own personality. But at the same time, there's a tremendous sense of continuity. It's a true example of the whole being the sum of its parts." - See more at: http://robbreport.com/Ultimate-Home-2008-Belle-of-Bel-Air.aspx#sthash.n1JLJLTP.dpuf