In Progress: A Multi-Family Residence in Pasadena / by Tim Barber

In May 2016, construction began on our 4-unit townhouse on Millionaire’s Row in Pasadena. While Tim Barber Ltd is known for our single-family traditional residences, it may come as a surprise to learn that our team also designed this contemporary complex on Orange Grove Boulevard.

Supervising Project Manager, Leonardo d’Anconia and Project Manager, Laura Haymond, share their experience designing and managing the construction of the Orange Grove Residence:

The Project Program

The Orange Grove project includes 4 individual townhouse units over subterranean parking. The City of Pasadena requires a common garden equal to 25% of the lot, visible from the street. We met this requirement by wrapping the homes around a courtyard, communal but still private enough to be enjoyed by the tenants.

The project responds to contradictory needs: High-density development brings the components very close together, yet visual and sound separation are a must.  The result is a singular building, highly transparent with clearly visible entrances and carefully framed views.

Pasadena architectural influences resonate throughout, from the shallow roof slope with large overhangs to the brick siding, wood trellises and roof terraces. Still, this is not a craftsman house, but a structure of our time, respecting the older neighborhood while speaking a contemporary language.

Current Construction Phase

The building completed its framing and rough Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing installations. Next up are door and window installations and beginning to close all the walls prior to finishes.

Rewarding Moments

Leonardo: “It is especially rewarding to see this residence being built because it differs from many of the projects I’ve worked on at Tim Barber Ltd.”

Laura: “Watching the building take form from 2D drawings to reality is always the best part! And when we got final permit approval - that was a very satisfying day. There is also something amazing about knowing that every year I watch the Rose Parade I will get to see a design I helped create.”