Kapela

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Kapela

Our first true design, develop, build project took form in residential in-fill development. Beautifully positioned in San Diego’s trendy, cultured, active community of Little Italy; Kapela was completed in April of 2011 and rose from the bones of a 1920’s home on a 2,540 square foot site. Each townhome features everything we always wanted to draw and design while working for others, but due to the bottom line would always get nixed: high ceilings and double height living spaces, substantial garden patios, expansive roof decks and multiple over-sized operable windows for natural ventilation. However, fighting through the budget and find ways of creating a development that stays successful is architecture in every sense of the word.  the name Kapela means “union of old and new”, as due to zoning and financing concerns, over 51% of the existing residence had to be saved and reused. Inside the new walls reside portions of old redwood studs, a crumbling foundation that for all practical purposes had to be re-built with underpinning and the original floor system over a crawl space. Around all of this grew the design for compact yet open urban living.