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Tour in A-frame House from a prefab kit.


Los Angeles ceramics artist and interior designer Desanka Fasiska’s 1963 A-frame kit house seemed to have more working against it than for it. The slanted walls made furniture arrangement awkward and didn’t offer much insulation or a place to run electricity and pipes.


So my house is an A-frame, a 1963 A-frame from a prefab kit.

There's some kind of like amazing energy that you get from an A-frame.

I don't know what it is, but it does just feel really relaxing and calming.

There's so much wood and light that comes into the home. I work from home so it was really important to me that the energy of the home was conducive to creating. I'm lucky to have my garage converted into a studio where I can make some of my ceramics. I really like to do a lot of things myself.

So a lot of the stuff that you see in the house I've made. My intention with the remodel of my home was to really keep the natural original feeling of how it looked when I first bought the home.


The kitchen I made from a galley kitchen into a large full-sized functioning kitchen.

Bright and friendly and I love an open floor plan. I love being able to cook and talk to my friends while I'm making food. I was looking for gold and bronze accents instead of silver. I went on Houzz and I got a lot of inspiration for all my door pulls and fixtures

and little elements that beefed up the design of my home.

I like to describe my style as Biba meets Big Sur. Biba was a lifestyle, makeup brand in the '60s and Big Sur is a beautiful earthy landscape in California. The challenge of having an A-frame is there's just really no storage.

And in the bedroom when I first moved in, it was a little bit awkward. We wanted to have a bathroom upstairs so I didn't have to go down the treacherous spiral stairs every time I needed to use the bathroom. So I decided to dormer out the one side of the A-frame

and put in a water closet and a nice big walk-in closet where I can shove everything.

There's a clawfoot tub right in the middle of the A-frame big Bay window. And I take a bath every day. It's a really wonderful dreamy way to wake up. In my home I do have central air and heat, but I actually get a lot of heat, I don't even ever turn on my heat because I use the gas stove that's original to my home. It heats up my whole entire house.

It's really nice to own a home where I can feel like I can be my true creative self.

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