Hidden Hills, CA
Size: 4,800 s.f.
Date completed:

The Hecker residence is located in Hidden Hills, CA. Bruce Hecker is one of the largest Hollywood caterers for private celebrity parties and film locations. The site is a rural chaparral landscape with horse stables situated in a very upscale, private community. Only 25 minutes from Hollywood, this setting is a haven for many movie professionals with families. This community has a very stringent planning code and therefore, the homes generally look alike. We were able to convince the architectural review board to allow this modern home through our use of materials such as clear cedar siding, stacked stone and wood planked decks. The architectural design included a new Entry, commercial Kitchen and Master Suite, as well as updating the exterior facade and new terraces. The existing entry was very low and uninviting at 7′. We were asked to raise the front door and let in some natural light. The existing Kitchen and Master suite were very dark and outdated.

We wanted the architecture to converse with the topography and tranquility of the site. A Zen like entrance is pryed open with a reverse roof slope lifting upward towards the hillside. This dramatic entry allows natural light to flow throughout the interior Foyer. The angled columns create a floating canopy as you descend from the terrain into the man made structure.

The client requested a professional grade Kitchen large enough to entertain in while cooking. The appliances included a Traulsen refrigerator and freezer, a 60″ Wolf, 6-burner range and double-oven, a filtered-water spigot at the range, a Fisher Paykel 2-drawer dishwasher, and an over-sized custom farmhouse sink carved from soapstone. The countertop is soapstone and the backsplash is handmade French tile from Compass.

The new exterior wraps the entire 4,800 s.f. home and completely transforms the appearance from an out-dated 1970′s house into a modern home that better suits the client’s lifestyle. The design accommodates entertaining large and small groups.

Cozen Architecture worked with interior designer Chris Barrett Design, Inc. and New Leaf Landscape Architects on this project.


Structural Engineer: Bob Onishi, Murashige & Onishi
Venice CA, (310) 390-3411.

Interior design: Chris Barrett
Santa Monica CA, (310) 586-0773.

Landscape: New Leaf Landscaping
Agoura CA, (818) 597-4810. .

Photo: Benny Chan