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William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc.

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  • Christine Su and Jeffrey Chelwick, AIA

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1,897 sq. feet


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This irregular shaped infill site designed with back to back architecture required flexibility with building site modules to maximize site value and livability for residents. By creating pocket open spaces, our designers were able to maximize density and incorporate a small recreational area and facility. The creation of interchangeable modules allowed for multiple building types to maximize site deficiency on a very irregularly shaped site. Located in Signal Hill, California, this stylish, solar powered neighborhood consists of 81 townhomes. This project offers exceptional exteriors with personalized interior touches while variable massing and articulation of the buildings contribute to the spectacular streetscene. Spanish colonial aesthetic with exposed rafter tails, decorative wrought iron, recessed windows and arched entryways add to the overall appeal. Cantilevered balconies provide additional indoor/outdoor living while contributing to architectural interest and building massing changes. This high density infill site maximizes value with back to back units, while the street facing 3-story townhomes were reworked to create a more two-story visual impression to blend into the adjacent single family neighborhood. Plans were efficiently designed to increase the feeling of openness on smaller square footage homes. This project includes 5 various floor plans designed to maximize opposition to many market segments: singles, couples, families and, multi generational. Square footages range from 1,160 – 1,897 sf. with 2-3 bedrooms, 2-2.5 bathrooms and, 2-3car direct access garages successfully meeting the needs of diverse buyers.
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