Contemporary living in San Carlos
We completely rebuilt and modernized this neighborhood bungalow from the foundation up. The house lacked a formal Entry, a place to greet and welcome guests before breaking off into other rooms. Raising ceilings to create light filled spaces was a priority. Our Clients love the outdoors and the main focus for the design was to open, streamline and expand areas allowing the beautiful views to draw guests back toward the rear garden. The garden has become the entertainment area with a new pool house and pool. Stayed tuned for exterior photos next spring.
Contractor: Jason Skinner, Bay Area Custom Homes
Photographer: Michele Lee Wilson
Modern Home Palo Alto Retreat
This light filled and airy home provides a quiet retreat of indoor-outdoor living spaces tucked away from it all at the end of a busy day.
Atherton Cottage-Style Home
Bring on the challenge, we love small spaces and this little Atherton cottage is a real gem. We enhanced it's great bones and updated with modern amenities by bringing it down to the foundation on the interior and rebuilding it with all new updated materials, flooring, fixtures, appliances, finishes, lighting, cabinetry, tile/stone and paint. The Kitchen and Bedroom areas were expanded to add a few feet of work space while maintaining the original cottage facade and charm.
Contemporary Wine and Art Room
Creative inspiration transforms previous storage space into a contemporary wine and art room for display of client's collection and private gatherings.
Peninsula Modern Family Home
With breathtaking views below them and beyond, our Clients knew they had selected the right site for their family home. Now their desire was to remove walls and open up the house to the expansive views. We also updated their exterior street presence.
Black and White Kitchen
We thoroughly enjoyed working with our Clients on this one. The most challenging aspect of the design was creating interest through texture and form without much color. The Clients' request was to steer clear of overdone brightly decorated interiors. We worked together to find just the right materials to enhance the design and keep it crisp and modern. Success!
This beautiful conference room features exposed beams and hardware. The wood tones and natural light warm the inviting space.
Mediterranean Bottero Pool House
The Clients desired a new pool house with a Mediterranean feel. The initial image for the design was a poolside cabana; open with the cloth flaps loosely tied back. During exploration of melding Mediterranean elements with modern materials to produce a soft, yet permanent, façade, the curved standing seam metal roof and powder coated metal screen took shape. The screen developed several characteristics of its own: a latticed and layered transition to filter strong light; at night, a soft glowing portal showcasing the bar beyond; a visual backdrop for parties and late evening swims.
The Clients of this Berkeley hilltop home requested a new state of the art kitchen to match their talent for cooking. The program included an adjacent office/library addition. Custom sycamore cabinets were matched with softly colored stone and cork floors creating a light and airy character. The lighting designer, York Kennedy, completed the design with elegant and playful light fixtures. The bookshelves in the library wrap around and transition into warm cherry cabinets on the Dining Room side. These cabinets have glass backlit display boxes showcasing a portion of the couple's art collection.
This house in Lafayette needed a new point of entry, a place of arrival. By removing old asphalt, wood planters and non descript planting beds, we were able to start fresh. We added new blue stone gravel and stones, three brick circular planting areas to celebrate the path, wisteria trees to flank the house and a beautiful antique iron gate to begin the journey.