Lovingly coined ‘the Shack,” this rustic modern cottage designed by Feldman Architecture is an escape from City life for a busy San Francisco couple in Ross, California. The existing home was composed of low ceilings and partition walls creating dark spaces. However, the home held the potential for beautiful mountain views and if one looked carefully, hints of character and charm emerged. Rare old growth redwood siding of the original home and a Sonoma stone fireplace were both maintained as prominent features of the renovation.
During phase one, the original Douglas Fir ceilings were revealed as the sloped roof was opened up and inspired the use of reclaimed, local woods for the mantel, floors and interior doors. These woods warm the interiors and compliment the views to the gardens and Mount Baldy beyond. The kitchen and living room were opened up to an outdoor seating and dining area. Given the limited space and the open views from the living room, the kitchen cabinets were planned down to the details, much like a ship’s galley. The bathroom was brightened with a large translucent window and light porcelain tiles.
SIZE OF HOME: Phase 1 – 706sf / Phase 2 addition – 657sf + 260sf garage
Shortly after the first phase finished, design and construction began on phase two, including a two story addition, garage with green roof and stepped terraces with a swimming pool. The addition extends the area of living room and adds a second floor master suite with sweeping views of Mount Baldy. The addition and garage are primarily made of materials similar to the original house with board and batten siding in a natural stain.
Photos: Phil Bond
This classically modern 1950′s pied-a-terre is located on San Francisco’s Nob Hill, designed by Leverone Design. Perched above Huntington Park and a stones throw from Grace Cathedral, the building’s multiple steel framed windows give access to extraordinary views. Never wanting to compete with the exceptional urban setting, a neutral gray palette was chosen for the interior’s backdrop. The introduction of oak paneling and the layering of rich deep blue’s add warmth and calm. Soft wools and crisp linens wrap tailored, sophisticated furniture – transforming the previously cold and sterile space into an inviting interior that stands up to its world class location.
Photos: Lisa Romerein
Solana Beach house is a tantalizing modern beach bungalow situated along the ocean in the small seaside village of Solana Beach, California, designed by Solomon Interior Design. The home’s interior has been designed to be bright and cheerful, with a neutral color palette with splashes of blue to bring in the hues of the surrounding environment. A sliding glass door blurs the boundaries between indoors and out and allow the homeowner’s to take in the ocean views and breezes.
The fireplace surround is made out of Haisa Marble.
The wall paint in the bedroom is Benjamin Moore, color Chantilly Lace – OC65, in a flat finish. The door and ceiling lining is comprised of 1″ x 4″ tongue in groove sanded poplar that was also lacquered.
Photos: Chipper Hatter
The Mill Valley Cabins was designed by Feldman Architecture as two extensions to an existing hillside home in beautiful Mill Valley, California. The clients wished to have additional space to house an artist studio and a yoga space which would also serve as a private guest cabin. The strategy was to integrate two small wooden cabins into the steep hillside, which could be placed lightly between the existing trees to create minimal impact on the site. The orientation of the two cabins captures different views of the forest. The roof of the lower building was planted with a garden since the upper building would look down on it, enabling it to blend into the hillside. The green roof also provides additional landscape for the client’s love of gardening. Large windows and retractable glass doors blurs the boundaries between indoors and out, creating a harmonious balance between the natural and manmade.
Photos: Joe Fletcher Photography
This rustic barn inspired ski cabin is situated in the old world Tahoe village of Sugar Bowl, California and designed by Kelly and Abramson Architecture. The exterior siding, interior floors, railings and massive beams all came from reclaimed barn wood. Hoping to make the 5,200 square foot building as green as possible, the owners also used Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified framing lumber, formaldehyde-free plywood, and soy-based foam insulation.
But the barn is also a fun vacation home, with six bedrooms in total, two of which are kids’ rooms with built-in bunk beds, a loft, and a massive fireplace in the living room for cozy entertaining. Other details include industrial light fixtures from Europe, a farmhouse sink bought off Craigslist, and decorator touches courtesy of eBay. For aprè-ski, a large outdoor deck features a built-in fire pit and helical stairs that wind around a water tower hot tub. Sally Ward was the interior designer on the project who demonstrates a playful, warm and sophisticated style.
This is a new house. The concept was that it should look like it was there before the ski resort was built.
The owner really got into the barn theme and purchased many items from e-bay.
The spacious kitchen has a great layout, nice and open. Functional but friendly. Open cabinets are great when there are a lot of guests. There are two dishwashers, two refrigerators, five foot long range and walk in pantry.
This is the loft overlooking the living room. All ceiling beams are ornamental. The middle post has a steel post in the middle.
The wood beam ceiing in this bedroom mimics the structure of the house, gambrel barn. The wood with plaster walls has more texture than seen in the photos.
The guest room. There is radiant heat floors throughout, the ceiling register is for a back up forced air system.
The fire pit is not really warm enough to keep you warm on cold days. The deck has a snowmelt system. No shoveling
Helical metal stairs around the water tank.
Photos: Courtesy of Kelly and Abramson Architecture
The Burlingame Residence is a modern dwelling that blends sophistication and rustic simplicity into a stunning family home in Burlingame, California, designed by Toby Long Design and Cipriani Studios Design. The residence is comprised of 3,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms plus an office, as well as three-and-a-half bathrooms. Showcasing warm wooden flooring throughout most of the home, the center of the home features a gorgeous wood and metal/wire staircase with the upper level open to below and bamboo planted below, giving the home a relaxing Zen feeling. The home offers plenty of natural light, open spaces and plenty of room for entertaining family and guests. An outdoor terrace offers a built-in barbeque, fireplace loggia, as well as seating and dining arrangements.
Photos: Courtesy of Toby Long Design
High up among the treetops, on a self-contained Beverly Hills, California enclosure, 1201 Laurel Way is a true architectural masterpiece, nothing short of spectacular. Presented in the most cinematic way possible, the entirety of Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina, and the coastline of California is offered in one unobstructed, sweeping view. It’s the kind of view that inspired a team to build a six bedroom, ten bathroom home like no other with the utmost integrity. Visions of a house encased in glass, with effortless flow from room to room and from inside to outside, is the central ethos that guided the evolution and completion of this real estate gem.
This incredible piece of real estate is listed for sale at $36,000,000, from here.
This recently renovated home, designed by interior designer Susan Jay Design, lies in the magical area of Sullivan Canyon, a small equestrian community in Brentwood, a district of Los Angeles, California. This renovation is an inspiration for those of you who have homes that are in desperate need of repair, when you see the before pictures at the bottom of the page, you will bare witness to the incredible transformation! The vibe of this home is a fresh version of a Mid-Century Modern Ranch with warmth and whimsy. The clients are a family of four who are creative, love animals (horses, dogs, turtles, duck and chickens) and enjoy entertaining.
Hickory wood cabinetry, reclaimed Walnut counter and light fixtures from Spain create an aspiring chef’s dream kitchen.
Eclectic table, art & lighting makes this Entry exceptional.
View from the bed…custom cabinet with firebox & storage or the spectacular backyard.
Before the Renovation:
Photos: Tom Bonner Photography
This stunning Buck Creek vacation home has been designed by Fougeron Architecture on Big Sur’s spectacular south coast, anchored in the natural beauty and power of the California landscape. The architects design embeds the building within the land, creating a structure that is inseparable from its context. The site, which features a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean along the bluff and toward the west, offers dramatic views. Yet it demands a more complex form than a giant picture window.
The long, thin volume of the house conforms to the natural contours of the land and the geometries of the bluff, deforming its shape and structure in response, much like the banana slug native to the region’s seaside forests. In this way, the complex structural system applies natural forms to accommodate the siting. The main bearing system of the house is set back twelve feet from the bluff, both to protect the cliff’s delicate ecosystem and to ensure the structure’s integrity and safety. The house itself is cantilevered over the bluff. The interior is a shelter, an elegant refuge in contrast with the roughness and immense scale of the ocean and cliff.
The main body of the three-bedroom house is composed of two rectangular boxes connected by an all-glass library/den. A one-story concrete wing perpendicular to the main volume holds the ground-floor bedrooms and features a green roof; it is the boulder that locks the house to the land. The lower of the two main volumes, a double-cantilevered master bedroom suite, acts as a promontory above the ocean, offering breathtaking views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper volume is an open-plan space-kitchen, living room, and dining room-with a swooping ceiling, all clad in wood, that follows the shape of the land.
The house’s two main facades express both shelter and exposure. On the north, clear expanses of glass reveal ocean and coastline views; long strips of translucent channel glass dapple the light, playing on the sea’s shimmering surface. The south facade, clad in copper, which wraps over the roof, is mostly enclosed, offering a retreat from the forces of nature. Roof overhangs on the east and west protect the windows and the front door from the harshness of sun and wind.
Photos: Courtesy of Fougeron Architecture
Designed by Fougeron Architecture, Jackson Family Retreat is nestled on a wood site next to a creek and dominated by steep canyon walls in California’s Big Sur region. When the owners first commissioned the architects to build this fabulous home, local governing agencies were intent on leaving the land as it was-overgrown and uninhabited. However, working with ten consultants over three and a half years, all the necessary requirements were met to build a modernist 2,500-square-foot two-bedroom family retreat here.
The structure sits lightly on the land, respecting the ecologically fragile nature of the site, and is precisely attuned to its forces. A formal object in a natural context-like Stevens’s jar on a hill-the house holds its own in this tall, cavernous place, neither dominating it nor dwarfed by it.
The building is composed of four volumes made of different interwoven materials that create visually and spatially complex exterior and interior spaces. The main volume, clad in standing seam copper, runs parallel to the canyon. Its thin butterfly roof sits delicately above a band of extruded channel glass, connected to the roof structure by thin rods that are invisible from the exterior. These rodlike columns, which become wider as they go further down into the walls, are used to lift the entire structure two and a half feet off the ground, reducing its impact on the land. At both ends of the house, two-story clear windows frame views of the redwoods and the canyon ridge, bringing in vistas of the sky-sunny by day, starry by night.
A one-story volume in the front half of the house comprises all of the service functions-cooking, bathing, washing-while a custom steel-and-glass volume at the back opens to views of the creek. The fourth volume, the staircase, clad in stucco, acts as both the house”s seismic structural brace and a visual foil to the shimmering, transparent volumes floating around it.
The plan explores the tensions inherent in family getaways: open areas for communal living; private spaces for solitary retreats; and outdoor expanses for relaxation. A combination of transparent glass and extruded channel glass reflects and dapples the light throughout, creating a dynamic play of brightness and shadow.
Photos: Richard Barnes