This gray contemporary home sits high on a hill, making the addition of steps from the stone brick driveway to the entrance a necessity. Orange trees grow on either side of the home, while other plants and shrubs are thoughtfully spaced throughout the landscape.
A mid-century storage unit keeps plenty of books, toys and supplies hidden while still looking stylish. A white metal desk paired with a Tolix-style chair provides a homework spot with the addition of some fun accessories like the black pharmacy lamp and dice container.
The second story addition to this contemporary home was made from a combination of stucco, stone and taupe synthetic wood siding ––––all materials which satisfy the high-fire zone requirements in this California neighborhood. A horizontal wood fence and gate frame the paver stone yard, leading to the front door.
A sawhorse desk makes a bold statement in this colorful home office, while a built-in wine cellar is a surprising addition. A warm orange shade on the walls and ceiling livens up the space, but is toned down by neutral furnishings and a navy area rug.
This 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival residence was remodeled and an addition was added to the back to create livable family areas, master bedroom suite, better indoor-outdoor living and an artist’s studio. Stucco privacy walls surround the backyard, which lush plantings and a welcoming outdoor living space under the pergola.
To add charm to the classic Tudor, a stone turret is incorporated, providing a whimsical, rustic element to the exterior. The durability of the exterior materials ensures that they will not need to be replaced for many years. Reclaimed brick is used for some of the floors and reclaimed slate for the roof to match the existing materials. Existing walls and floor lines are used in the design of the renovation to minimize the need for additions.
The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels. The flat-roofed family room needed a pitched roof to blend with the existing house, but the roof, along with the turret, couldn’t block existing windows. To accomplish the homeowners’ vision, interior walls had to be removed, but they were constructed of clay blocks, which supported two-story block walls above. We continued the 16:12 pitched roof over the existing family room, but shifted it back to allow light into the third-story window. The same pitched roof covers the garage addition, but a reverse gable with paneled accents provides interest and a carriage house feel.
This built-in desk is timeless, comfortable and practical thanks to neutral drawers, natural wood shelving and a large bulletin board. Transitional sconces, framed photographs and an acrylic chair are sophisticated additions to the space.
In addition to 4,428-square-foot floor plan with six bedrooms and four baths, this two-story shingled home features a sprawling backyard. Guests can follow a gravel pathway from the covered patio to the gardens.
The addition of a small entrance, new French doors and a brick patio with a mahogany pergola makes this backyard feel open and inviting — perfect for entertaining guests. The French doors and entrance provide easy access into the expanded kitchen and living room.
This townhouse actually boasts two offices: one downstairs and one on the top floor, pictured here. In addition to a long desk with chairs for each of the owners, the space comes with built-in bookshelves and a large gray area rug where the kiddos can read or play.
Design is about the details, and the details in this space are subtle but profound. While the living room wall is hard brick, it’s softened by the addition of textiles, like a whimsical Roman shade. The interplay of patterns between the brick wall and the patterned shades creates visual interest, especially when augmented by the simultaneous juxtaposition of warm and cool colors.