VENICE 1 A new residence on a lushly wooded Venice Beach walk street, located just a block from the boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean. We created a hybrid of styles, wedding elements of California Craftsman to traditional Japanese design; a celebration of the beauty of natural wood. Crucial was respect for, and integration with, the mature trees that define the site and the surrounding properties. Extensive use of cedar creates warm wood notes in doors, windows, interior detailing and the "ofuro" Japanese soaking tub. The home's small footprint allows a large forecourt fronting the walk street, where the owners host large parties and community events.