California Dreaming

Indoor-Outdoor Flow Creates a Quintessentially Californian Home

For this remodel and addition to a house in Marin County our clients from the Washington D.C. area wanted to create a quintessentially Californian living space. To achieve this, we expanded the first floor toward the rear yard and removed several interior partitions creating a large, open floor plan. A new wall of French doors with an attached trellis floods the entire space with light and provides the indoor-outdoor flow our clients were seeking. Structural wood posts anchor a large island that defines the kitchen while maintaining the open feel. Dark Venetian plaster walls provide contrast to the new maple built-ins. The entry was updated with new railings, limestone floors, contemporary lighting, and frosted glass doors. Two years after we completed the main floor remodel, our clients had grown dissatisfied with the rest of their house. In remodeling the upper floor, our greatest challenge was creating a clean modern interior feeling while dealing with seemingly random roof and ceiling slopes and traditional bay window forms. We managed to disguise these features in the interior and reworked the plan to create great bathrooms and bedrooms as well. The primary suite includes a spacious bathroom and a window seat and fireplace combination which can be enjoyed from multiple angles. The children's wing includes a clever bathroom designed to be shared by a teenage girl and boy. The double sink vanity is located in a niche off the hallway with separate rooms behind frosted glass pocket doors for the toilet and bath.


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