Ideally located in San Diego's trendy, cultured, active community of Little Italy, Kapela was completed in April 2011. Each town home features high ceilings and double height living spaces, substantial garden patios, expansive roof decks and multiple oversized operable windows for natural ventilation. Inside the new walls reside portions of old redwood studs, a re-built foundation for all practical purposes with underpinning and the original floor system over a crawl space. SEE SUPPLEMENT FOR MORE INFO.
A mix of four materials were chosen that are always seen in groups of threes. Massaranduba hardwood siding for its lasting warmth and beauty along with long horizontal lines, asphalt shingle siding for its texture and architectural placement, galvanized metal accent siding for a reflective and durable surface that can be bent and formed to the building, and classic white Santa Barbara stucco that when polished properly acts as a blank canvas for shadow and light; all of these materials stand by and interact with each other protecting the homes within. Kapela's townhomes are each equipped with all the energy efficient creature comforts that people have come to expect. Inside each dwelling unit finishes are clean and modern with level five finish gyp board walls that accentuate the white stucco exterior, custom concrete counter tops and tile work and 5/8" engineered bamboo flooring in a porch grey finish. Each window casing, instead of the normal drywall treatment that dirties and crumbles, incorporates aluminum accent casing bringing the large openings into the interior spaces. Wanting to stray from traditional closets, all townhomes feature built-in storage units that match and complement the custom kitchen cabinets in black/brown mahogany. From the beginning of the design, outside space was a must for Kapela. This took shape in the form of patio/ roof decks ranging from 240 sf to 380 sf. In practice, this gives each home its own yard in the city with which to share with friends and family. This development illustrates that in-fill architecture, when handled responsibly to climate, scale, locality and constructability can act as a successful means of development while not fitting into the typical cookie cutter mold. It's more than home. It's a Lifestyle!