Home WORLD Zen Aficionado Builds LA Modern Home Atop Hill On a Modest Salary

Zen Aficionado Builds LA Modern Home Atop Hill On a Modest Salary

When Tim Tattu, a Zen Buddhist aficionado, hospice nurse and former set decorator, bought an affordable lot in LA’s Silver Lake hills, he wanted to create a home that reflected his personal nonconformism.

source/image(PrtSc): Kirsten Dirksen

Working with architect Tom Marble, they designed a home composed of hexagons that lacks right angles, but provides constant views, air flow and surprises.// Kirsten Dirksen

Tattu purchased the lot during the 2008 recession for just $190,000 (the previous owner had paid $350,000), but the concrete and steel structure was pricey.

Advertisement

Tattu took on debt with his bank, credit cards and friends so when the home was completed he moved into the 120-square-foot garage studio and rented out the rest of the home to start paying off his loans. A year and a half later he moved into the downstairs unit and continues to rent out the upstairs and garage./ Kirsten Dirksen