Camellia Terrace – Hi Neighbors!

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The transformation of this home creates a whole new look and feel from its previous life. To the far left is the portion of the new master bedroom with a gable roof. The section to the right has three windows. On the left is a toilet room and the two other windows are where the… Read more »

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 »

A Poet?

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“Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” Frank Lloyd Wright A poet? Well yes, I understand. The design of building and structures at best do reflect our time, day and age. Trends of our time, such as green… 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 »

Let Me See the Plans

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Modern architecture has moved to the computer in a big way. We can use a computer for planning, drawings, CAD design, layout and blueprints. But not that long ago all those architectural drawings were painstakingly rendered on paper. I came across this web resource that achieves hundreds of architectural drawing from the 18th century. And… Read more »

Thanksgiving Travel. How is Your Airport?

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The mass Thanksgiving exodus started Monday and will peak today. I bet most of you are joining in. According to Forbes magazine “[a] record 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28.” This travel holiday will be the busiest on record. Airport travel can be the worst…. Read more »

Architecture vs. Design

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Being an architect, who designs livable spaces for Silicon Valley property owners, although I’m a licensed architect I’m also a designer. So what’s the difference? According to Wikipedia’s definition an architect is “a person who plans, designs, and reviews the construction of buildings” Right there in the definition it say designs. But I think there… 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 »