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MamaYao House

Location:     Torrance, CA
Size:             1,200 sq ft



An empty nester entering early retirement envisioned building a spacious ADU within the small footprint of her backyard to host friends and family from around the world, including her adult children. The design observes principles of Feng Shui, through the placement of stairs and arrangement of the kitchen, to funnel qi or balanced energy throughout. The owner’s brief was simple, “cozy with pops of red” - the latter being an auspicious color in her culture.









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