Our Projects

Contemporary living in San Carlos

6 photos We completely rebuilt and modernized this neighborhood bungalow from the foundation up. The house lacked a formal Entry, a place to greet and welcome guests before breaking off into other rooms. Raising ceilings to create light filled spaces was a priority. Our Clients love the outdoors and the main focus for the design was to open, streamline and expand areas allowing the beautiful views to draw guests back toward the rear garden. The garden has become the entertainment area with a new pool house and pool. Stayed tuned for exterior photos next spring.
Contractor: Jason Skinner, Bay Area Custom Homes
Photographer: Michele Lee Wilson

Tiny House Lifestyle - Palo Alto

3 photos My Clients bought a tiny house (800+ sq. ft.) on a substandard lot and challenged us to remove the existing and create a new living environment for them. The lot is 25'-0" wide with 6'-0" setbacks on each side, so we indeed, had our work cut out for us. The height limit is 17'-0" so a second story was not possible. For the main living area, we created an expansive, open and airy space with 12'-0" ceilings and a 10'-0" window height. The goal was to allow as much light as possible into the narrow house. French Oak wood floors and custom Douglas Fir doors with transom windows add warmth to the main area. The house has a laundry, two bedrooms and two baths.

Modern Home Palo Alto Retreat

8 photos This light filled and airy home provides a quiet retreat of indoor-outdoor living spaces tucked away from it all at the end of a busy day.

Atherton Cottage-Style Home

4 photos Bring on the challenge, we love small spaces and this little Atherton cottage is a real gem. We enhanced it's great bones and updated with modern amenities by bringing it down to the foundation on the interior and rebuilding it with all new updated materials, flooring, fixtures, appliances, finishes, lighting, cabinetry, tile/stone and paint. The Kitchen and Bedroom areas were expanded to add a few feet of work space while maintaining the original cottage facade and charm.

Contemporary Wine and Art Room

4 photos Creative inspiration transforms previous storage space into a contemporary wine and art room for display of client's collection and private gatherings.

Peninsula Modern Family Home

6 photos With breathtaking views below them and beyond, our Clients knew they had selected the right site for their family home. Now their desire was to remove walls and open up the house to the expansive views. We also updated their exterior street presence.

Sustainable Building Proposal

2 photos Why not assemble a house like a car? We spend so much effort on new automobile design while house construction lags behind.

Why not create a modular framing system with integrated panels which would anchor to an engineered foundation specifically designed for the site. All exterior and interior walls, roofs, ceilings, floors, mechanical and plumbing chases could be fabricated in panel modules and attached to the framework through uniform connections. Interior built-ins for Kitchens and Baths could be integrated into specific panels. Individual panels could be removed and replaced without destroying the house integrity. If anyone is interested in a new modern home, contact us. We would love to discuss the possibilities with you.