Modern Style – South Bay Home II

Conceived in collaboration with IR Architects, this 3,200-square-foot, modern-style home is clean, bold and eye-catching. Against an exterior clad in smooth, white stucco, the glass panels encased in metal cladding create a striking triangular façade that allows sunlight to flood the floating staircase. The adjoining horizontal, dark wooden panel adds a surprising splash of warmth and color and is repeated in the interior, just above the stairwell.

In contrast to the mostly white exterior, dark grey tiled stairs draw you to-ward the front entrance, past tiered rectangular planters overflowing with greenery. The open floor plan between the kitchen and living areas, with wide sight lines and an un-cluttered aesthetic, creates a sense of cheerful spaciousness. The honeyed red oak floors and abundance of natural light add to the ambiance of the space, creating a warm and cozy interior.

The sleek, white cabinetry in the kitchen is crisp and fresh, reducing visual noise and drawing attention to the striking Crema Antartida granite bar counter and backsplash. The entertainment space features a fireplace with a grey chiseled limestone mantle and a bar backsplash of Calacatta Zebrino marble tiles.

The staggered backyard features an outdoor kitchen and dining area, wood deck and swimming pool.

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Having a dad who was a custom home builder for many of Hollywood’s golden age celebrities and classic rock stars, means brothers Patrick and Michael Cunningham grew up on the sites of future homes belonging to such notables as Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Rod Stewart and Cher. Quality, luxury, and unique detailing were the principles on which these structures were designed and built.

The experience helped form the future partners’ ideas of what a custom home can and should be. “Do it right, or don’t do it at all,” Sean Cunningham used to tell his boys. They took it to heart and carried that philosophy into their future business.

They did not follow directly in their father’s foot-steps, however, establishing their company a full decade after dad retired. Patrick spent that time becoming a licensed architect, then learning the industry while working under Palos Verdes architect Russ Barto, AIA. Michael earned his degree in general contracting, and cut his teeth as a construction manager during the housing boom in Palmdale in the early 80’s. They always knew they would come together and start an operation of their own, however, where they would further their desire to create something extraordinary with every project. It is from that desire that the C&C Partners Design/Build Firm was born.


Rather than starting two companies that could work together when desired, the Cunningham brothers did something rarely seen in 1987, they formed a residential design/build partnership that can take a project from concept to completion entirely in-house, guaranteeing a seamless transition from initial design to final construction. Each brother brings his specific skill set to the job. While Patrick heads the design phase, ensuring every detail reflects the client’s individual preferences, Michael leads a group of building specialists in the hands-on, daily business of construction. The end products speak for themselves.

In order to achieve the goal of high-quality results with minimal complications, Patrick and Michael assembled a team of seasoned professionals, each well versed in his or her area of expertise, and passionate about custom home building. “We have developed a proven, team-oriented 15-step design/build process that ensures every phase of a project goes smoothly so that each client gets exactly what they desire in their new custom residence,” said Patrick.

Clients themselves are integral members of the C&C Partners team. Making design decisions, selecting features, and observing work in progress, they watch first hand as their dreams come to fruition, and they see their unique needs and style incorporated into a structure that they can enjoy for a lifetime.

After 30 years of working together, the Cunning-ham brothers, both married with children, are ushering the next generation into the family business. Patrick has a daughter about to graduate college with her degree in architecture, while Michael’s son studies construction. After some time working for other firms in the industry, seeing the business from different perspectives, both men plan on bringing their children into the C&C fold. “Just like we learned from our father, we want to pass down our work ethic, our belief in honest, principled business practices, and our love of the creative process, to our children,” says Michael. “They will carry C&C Partners into the future.”

French Country – South Bay Home I

This 6,400-square-foot, French country-style home was designed and built by the brother team of architect Patrick Cunningham and general contractor Michael Cunningham. Presenting an old-world stone façade with traditional arched roof dormers and a distinctive slate hip roof, this chateau-inspired residence exudes a rustic warmth throughout its expansive interior.

A gothic-style arched doorway opens into a high-ceilinged living room, featuring a large precast stone hearth and a sweeping curved staircase with detailed iron banister.  The outsized country kitchen boasts a family-style island that stretches 18 feet and includes a custom-made, 4-foot stone farmhouse sink with three faucets.


Exposed dark wood beams, finished concrete floors, hand-made La Cornue range and authentic wood-burning fireplace complete the room, but a detour through the walk-in pantry transports you to the second “dirty” kitchen, perfect for use during large events.

Additionally, the spacious 12,400-square-foot lot cradles a large backyard containing a fire pit, built-in barbeque island with pergola, pool with family slide and spa, and a detached, 575-square-foot guesthouse.


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Modern Style – South Bay Home I

This 8,000-square-foot, modern home was de-signed and built by the brother team of Architect Patrick Cunningham and General Contractor Michael Cunningham. High ceilings and multiple sliding doors open to views of the ocean.

The master retreat, den and living rooms are equipped with Fleetwood doors that disappear into the walls, opening to stylish and expansive outdoor entertainment areas including dramatic views, an indoor/outdoor bar, lounge area with TV, built-in BBQ, infinity pool, spa and fire feature.

The gourmet Poliform kitchen blends aesthetic vision and functionally and is equipped with Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances and center island. A state-of-the-art Vantage system controls every aspect of the home.

Outstanding features include a home theater, three bars, two waterfalls, wine cellar, steam shower, three-car garage and a guest unit with a separate entrance.

Modern Architectural – South Bay Home II

This 7,400-square-foot modern architectural home was designed and built by the brother team of architect Patrick Cunningham and general contractor, Michael Cunningham. A long, private driveway leads up to this stunning three-story home surrounded by cascading staircases for easy access to the massive entertainment deck. Stone veneer, textured walls and high-end finishes accent the expansive open floor plan leading to the main deck.

The seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining space showcases amazing city and ocean views through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. The spacious gourmet kitchen features a breakfast bar, huge center island, built-in refrigerator, double ovens, wet bar and glass-enclosed wine cellar.

The master suite in-cludes a private balcony and luxurious spa bath with dual sinks, oversized soaking tub, walk-in shower and huge walk-in closet.

Other features include a theater, office, attached garage and oversized vehicle parking.

Spanish Charm – South Bay Home II

A beautiful, 4,523-square-foot Spanish revival home with a finished basement and attached garage that had plenty of space to entertain friends and family. Upon first entering the door, this beautiful home welcomes you with a perfect open plan.

Describe the featured project.

We designed and built this beautiful, 4,523-square-foot Spanish revival home with a finished basement and attached garage that had plenty of space to entertain friends and family. Upon first entering the door, this beautiful home welcomes you with a perfect open plan.

The formal living room flows to the family room and kitchen with island and high-end appliances. This home features Spanish-style tile work, hardwood floors, beam ceilings and masterfully crafted wrought iron railing.

Vanishing sliding doors blur the line between the inside and outside of this home. The backyard design includes a covered patio/outdoor living area, pool and spa with built-in barbeque that is perfect to beat the LA summer heat.

What is the philosophy of your company?
C&C Partners designs and builds award-winning homes that reflect each client’s own unique style and the best in innovative design. The company’s trademark is its unparalleled customer satisfaction and customer-focused homebuilding process. From the first design meeting through construction and beyond, C&C Partners’ proven 15-Step Design-Build Process ensures that every phase of a project goes smoothly and that each client gets exactly what they desire in their new custom residence.

While Patrick heads the design phase, ensuring that every detail reflects the client’s individual preferences, Michael leads a group of seasoned building professionals, resulting in a seamless transition from design to construction. The entire C&C Partners team understands their role—to optimize each client’s experience and produce a one-of-a-kind home that truly manifests their unique vision.

What makes your firm unique in this industry?

C&C Partners is a design-build firm for custom homes in the South Bay’s most established and exclusive neighborhoods. Founded in 1987 by Patrick and Michael, C&C Partners has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders and Custom Home magazine as one of the top custom homebuilders in the United States. We are one of the few firms in the area that can offer our prospective clients diversity in design styles that ranges from traditional to modern and Spanish/Mediterranean to Tuscan or French chateau.
What is the biggest benefit your clients gain from working with you?

For our custom-home clients, they become integral members of the C&C Partners design/build team. Making design decisions that reflect their own personal style, selecting features and observing work in progress, they witness first-hand the effectiveness of the design/build process that C&C Partners has perfected. Additionally, our clients need to use only one phone number to reach our team. C&C Partners enjoys the benefit of assembling a team of “A” rated players who add to their success.

Beach Living – South Bay Home I

To take advantage of its proximity to the ocean in South Redondo Beach, we designed this beautiful, four-story Spanish Colonial-style home to enjoy views of the water from the several balconies built along the back.

Describe the featured project.

To take advantage of its proximity to the ocean in South Redondo Beach, we designed this beautiful, four-story Spanish Colonial-style home to enjoy views of the water from the several balconies built along the back. With wonderful arches—referring to its traditional inspiration—running throughout the exterior and interior of this 6,200-square-foot house, it maximizes the lofty living spaces within.

Several of those living spaces stand as a great testament to Spanish style, such as the open kitchen, with its spacious granite top island and wood floor breakfast nook, and the custom iron handrails and gates surrounding the main staircase and second floor enclaves. Even the custom movie theater room has a sumptuous air to it.

Adding to this is the spacious rear yard loggia, complete with a precast stone fire-place. Also in the rear yard is a complete outdoor barbecue kitchen, adjacent to a seating area that features its own fire pit, which is perfect for entertaining family and friends on those warm South Bay days and nights. Throw in the large swimming pool and spa, and you are all set with an exquisitely custom-designed home that meets all of your Southern California living needs.


What was your inspiration for this house?

C&C Partners president, Patrick Cunningham, was and has always been inspired by the works and designs of architect Addison Mizner. Mizner, who lived between 1872 and 1933,
was an American resort architect whose Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival style interpretations left an indelible stamp on South Florida, and in particular Boca Raton.
His use of loggias, colonnades, arches, grand staircases and decorative ironwork can all be seen in this modern South Bay design by Patrick Cunningham.

How was your vision completed?

The beauty of the way C&C Partners operates is in its inherent teamwork. The firm was started by Patrick Cunningham and his brother, Michael Cunningham, in 1987. Patrick leads a team on the design side of each project, and Michael then takes over on the construction side, working with an extremely talented and experienced group of building professionals. This makes for a virtually perfect handoff from design to completion of the project.


All of this is achieved through C&C Partners’ innovative, 15-step design/build process. We pull together different team members who can add valuable input at various stages of the project. This results in a design that meets our clients’ needs and desires, as well as ensuring that it is extremely well-planned and cost-effective. This award-winning approach is another reason why C&C Partners continues to be the preferred design and construction firm in Los Angeles’ most established and exclusive neighborhoods—but especially in the South Bay.