Building Art presents 5740 E. Meridian Street in Highland Park, a beautifully renovated two bedroom, two bathroom modern home. The project is the culmination of a life-long love of architecture, fueling the passion and vision of Building Art’s founder/owner, Mike Sloan. Drawing influences from iconic architects and designers, Sloan and his design+build team have crafted a residence that is comfortable and accessible. Their inspiration is best articulated in the words of Frank Lloyd Wright, who said, “I believe a house is more a home by being a work of art.”
5740 Meridian will be open on Tuesday, July 2 from 11 am – 2 pm and Sunday, July 7 from 2 pm – 5pm.
5740 Meridian was once a typical LA bungalow; a corner lot on a quiet street north of York Boulevard. Building Art has maximized its potential, bringing freshness and diligence that goes far beyond the average “flip.” This becomes clear from the moment you set eyes on the property. An undulating wooden fence, inspired by John Lautner’s Segel Residence, creates dynamic movement and also a sense of privacy. Step through the offset entry gate to find drought-tolerant landscaping, a beautiful wooden deck and floor-to-ceiling sheets of glass. The design references the work of Rudolph M. Schindler and other modernists through its indoor-outdoor flow, millwork details and more.
Building Art has drastically improved the interior layout and added useful amenities while leaving key character details intact, such as the original Batchelder fireplace. Old and new are blended seamlessly in the “public” space that combines living, dining and a stunning open kitchen. Here, the wonderful cement tile backsplash evokes the work of contemporary L.A. architect/designer Barbara Bestor. The steel island countertop was custom-fabricated by Jay Dunton of Meridian Mercado Deseño, local to Highland Park. There are large closets in both bedrooms, and a Master Bath that you’d find in a hip, 5-star hotel. High-end fixtures include cement tile, gorgeous wood vanities, a rain shower-head and freestanding cedar bathtub. From the bedrooms there is excellent flow to the rear deck/BBQ area, as well as easy access to the lower patio and one-car garage.
It’s one thing to simply renovate a home. Making it “real architecture” is something else entirely, and that’s what inspired Mike Sloan to create Building Art. A Los Angeles native who loves surfing and music, Sloan has a BA in Economics from UC San Diego and a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University’s Architecture School. He has poured his passion for buildings and architecture into 5740 Meridian Street, an exclusive offering of Tracy Do Real Estate. More projects will follow as Building Art pursues the belief that a home should not only be beautiful, it should inspire its owners to be their best selves.
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