A film director and his wife, a production designer, had a small 1920s bungalow in Venice, CA. It was just south of the Santa Monica airport, which is a busy general aviation airport. They were considering expanding their family and had really outgrown the original spaces in the house (they already had turned the garage into a studio and work space). Part of the problem was how to isolate the living spaces from the sound of the air traffic overhead without giving up the connection to the outdoors, which is so key to the experience of Southern California.
It was exciting working for two creative people because they really understood how we might create drama in the original spaces with the addition of some less traditional ones.