San Francisco Architectural Styles

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On this Halloween I’ve been thinking about Victorian and Gothic architecture and scary  houses called to mind the many historic architecture of San Francisco. A great wrap-up can be found here —> Museum of the City. I particularly identify the City of San Francisco with the Mediterranean Revival Style (1920-1950s) found in many grand homes west… Read more »

Portola Valley – Stairs Rock!

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Stairways are an important design factor in homes. They can be one of the strongest transition elements in architecture, connecting different spaces to each other or at different levels. Our challenge was a cut out at the corner of the deck and a step down to the stairs that created an awkward space. And even though there… Read more »

How About a Tree House?

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How about an adult tree house for your backyard? I really enjoyed this article back in August from the San Francisco Chronicle. A tree house for me brings back memories of when I was young. If you didn’t have your own tree house there was always a friend who had one. Something about being up… Read more »

Portola Valley — A Deck Transformed

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Now we go to the back of the Portola Valley home where we remodeled the deck, pergola and stairs. The owners like to eat out on the deck and spend time there, but didn’t do it often because of two issues —too much sun and too many different deck levels. One part of the deck… Read more »

Portola Valley Pergola

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 My clients’ entrance did not fit well with the original ranch style look and feel of their house.  The original owners created a very long corridor for the entrance. The columns were also very tall and out of proportion to the rest of the house.  They looked like a line up of soldiers – not… Read more »

Kitchen Addition – More Dining Space

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Our clients wanted a dining area to be part of their remodeled kitchen. They travel a lot and like to eat in restaurants that have booths, so we put seating areas around the table to reflect this. The table is also movable, so the space can be changed depending on the type of gathering, or… Read more »

Kitchen Addition – Added Space

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The owners wanted a reconfigured space for their kitchen –adding an island, and a dining area to it. This is an unusual combination for a kitchen remodel today.  To accommodate their space needs we combined a previous bedroom and kitchen, plus the addition.   The new kitchen has a nice exterior view, and the sink area… Read more »

Kitchen Remodel – Privacy & Sunlight

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This 60/70’s era remodel included not just the kitchen, but also the living room, family room, dining room, laundry, and entry. Homes of that era neither emphasized open floor plans, nor incorporated nature’s light in the design. What the owner desired was access to sunlight, day lighting, lots of storage, but also privacy. The unique… Read more »