Transitional in Tiburon

Project Description

Type of Project: New Construction

Architect: John Swain

Designer: Client

Location: Tiburon, CA

This was a 3500 sq. ft. new house built on a slope in Tiburon.

The Challenges

When the property next door to them went up for sale, these clients purchased it and then contracted with us to demo the old structure and build a new house in its place. Part of the home cuts into the hillside, so the challenge here was to allow in as much natural light as possible, and brighten up the areas where natural light wasn’t achievable. This was accomplished by installing tall windows and doors, using white paint colors, and utilizing light building materials vs. dark. What started out as pictures in an online idea board turned into a remarkably stunning project.

Modern Touch

Project Description

Type of Project:   New Construction
Architect:  John Lum [website]
Designer:   Carol Knorpp and Kerry Bogardus
Location:   Larkspur, CA

This family of 4 was ready for a new home but wanted to stay in the same location.  New construction was the answer.

The Challenges

The entire structure was taken down to the foundation.  We upgraded the perimeter foundation, dug out a nice storage space under the house and went up from there.  With a modern aesthetic, this home features radiant heat throughout, Fleetwood exterior pocket doors and clean trimless interior lines.  The roof structure was one of the main challenges as a series of steel beams and heavy lumber had to be craned from the small street to create the single plane shed roof supporting 3 custom sized 13′ long skylights.  Minimal trim with a variety of exterior building materials comprised of cedar, stucco and alumiumum clad this sleek yet comfortable home.  Ipe decks offer an inviting outdoor environment, great for sunny California summers.