Miracles Can Happen!

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For this Home Office remodel, Patsy, one of my favorite interior design colleagues, also focused on the cabinetry, design and layout.  She knew these clients from other projects she had completed, and they were aware of her expertise in dealing with storage space planning.  One of Patsy’s challenges was to deal with the owners’ computer and paraphernalia wire management problems –… 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 »

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 »

Don’t Forget Your Indoor Landscaping

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Despite the worst of the drought being behind us (or was it really one good year of rain?) I think the trend for outdoor water-wise landscaping is here to stay. In my own neighborhood unwatered and brown front yards are being attended to. Lawns are being taken out and low water landscaping is taking the… Read more »

Westgate Project – Challenges

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We faced big challenges before we even started with the Westgate remodel.  The existing house was too small for the owner’s needs.  It was built on a sloping site, on a narrow lot, with no room for expansion except at the garage level below the house.  Plus the existing house had a non-permitted bedroom/bathroom at… 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 »

An Arch Does Your Home Grand

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A design feature that can add elegance and style to a remodel is nothing more complicated than an arch. Whether an exterior archway over the alcove, or an interior ceiling design, an arch can be a striking feature. They break up and soften horizontal and vertical lines and spaces. I’ve seen some amazing arch windows,… Read more »