|Project: East Bay Hills Residence|
This project was a complete alteration to a 1980's contractor-designed
home. The clients first approached us for a small remodeling project.
The master bathroom was the first area to be updated. Translucent
material encasing ginkgo leaves and reeds enhance the soothing,
spacious room. The folded plane of the countertop creates a seat at
one end and cantilevers into the shower at the other. The master
suite is separated from the rest of the living space by a custom barn
door that doubles as an illuminated wall accent.
Once the project got under way, the clients became increasingly
excited about their home's possibilities. The two and a half story
high living room was formally cold and mostly unused. Now an array
of hanging glass orbs twinkle like fire flies in the upper portion.
Below, a lush, relaxed environment was created with the use of
natural materials including sustainably harvested exotic woods wall
panels and Venetian plaster. A built-in bench for relaxing anchors
one end of the asymmetrical stone fireplace hearth while the
opposite end cantilevers towards the main stairs. Daylight from
multiple directions, Bay vistas and glimpses of the highlighted
barn door upstairs add to the spatial drama.
The new facade is simple and at the same time strong. Cedar siding
is used to emphasize the main portion and entry while the balance
of the house in clad in stucco. Near the front door, a welcoming
bench extends to provide a spot to relax in the sunshine.
Translucent panels, wood panels set against plaster/stucco,
and folded, cantilevered planes unify interior and exterior.