Craftsman Style Addition: Camellia Terrace

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The owners wanted to remodel their home from the existing ranch to a craftsman style.  This style of home often encompasses natural materials, such as stone, shingle siding, and open porches with overhanging beams and rafters. Our addition was made forward, meaning brought towards the front of the house  – closer to the street.  It still… Read more »

Camellia Terrace Addition Challenges

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My clients knew they would have to remodel the Camellia Terrace 1950/60’s Ranch-style house when they bought it.  The location is what they liked.  It was ideal, with a good neighborhood, good schools and an excellent surrounding community. There were challenges, though.  The 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was really too small for the family’s… Read more »

Camellia Terrace Addition Challenges

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My clients knew they would have to remodel the Camellia Terrace 1950/60’s Ranch-style house when they bought it.  It was the location that they liked.  It was ideal, with a good neighborhood, good schools and an excellent surrounding community. There were challenges, though.  The 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was really too small for the… 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 »

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 »

Westgate Project Team – Meet Will Carter

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Will Carter, Associate Engineer with Silicon Valley-based Murray Engineers, Inc. (MEI) since 2005. This type of engineering uses principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials, among other things. Will’s team performed the initial soil borings, prepared a report with findings and also made geotechnical recommendations. MEI were part of the plan review process,… Read more »