A shift in site orientation was fundamental to our redesign and expansion of this family home—activating the building’s relationship to the beauty of its large lot. A new well-defined, welcoming entry sequence was also of importance, contained in the new double-height volume in front.
Once inside the house, we combined small spaces to create an expansive great room with exposed wood carpenter trusses for living, dining and kitchen. The airy space opens onto to a new cantilevered deck, and enjoys generous southern light and views of Mt. Tamalpais.
From the main level’s skylit hall a new stair leads to the lower level addition and direct yard access—built into the hillside to make the most of the property’s downslope and former crawl space. The yard, patio and deck flow together as one outdoor living space via paths and stairways.
Simple, local materials on the interior include reclaimed oak and clear douglas fir, complimented by board-form concrete retaining walls and darkened steel. Special wood details throughout lend warmth and unique personality throughout, conceived of through an enjoyable, collaborative process with the contractor.
The property is in a Wildland Urban Interface area, so only non-combustible materials were used on the exterior, and the trees on the site were carefully protected from construction activity. Sustainable systems were integrated inside and out, including radiant heating, a passive cool sink, permeable pavers, bioswales and bioretention areas, and a green roof.