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 »

It’s Raining But…

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It’s raining, but that doesn’t mean yard landscaping should return to the normal sea of green grass and thirsty non-native plants. We’ve all experienced the “brown is the new green” and restrictions on frequency for watering, as well as expensive surcharges for increased water use. But I’m not saying that, only because California is actually… Read more »

Renovate Before You Sell?

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I was asked recently about renovating ahead of a resale. No right answer – it has something to do with the house’s location, condition, the owners expectations for what they want to get out of it.  I told them that they should get a good real estate agent that can help with this because they… Read more »