Tucked behind a wall of Italian Cypress trees, like sentries standing at attention, is this beautiful single-story ranch-style home. The exterior is covered in horizontal neutral gray sheet siding and the porch is protected from the elements with an A-frame portico supported by exposed redwood columns. This Rancher’s 1950’s beginnings are barely detectable after an extensive 15-month renovation. The homeowners knew what their growing family required and extended back of the house in order to gain a primary suite, large open kitchen and separate family room.
Once inside, the formal living room is connected to the dining room, creating a cohesive entertaining space in soothing tones of blue and oatmeal. The Western-exposed wall of windows lets in an abundance of natural light, enhancing the variegated Oak plank flooring. The original ceilings are now vaulted with recessed lighting, culminating in a rustic candle arm wrought iron fixture by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort over the patterned wood dining table. Skirted Parson’s chairs and cane back faux bamboo chairs offer seating for eight. Large framed photographic art by Marin’s Caroline Pacula completes the Bay Area feel.
From the dining room, you enter the kitchen and eat-in dining area. There is a playful nook covered in Schumacher’s Pandora in Onyx and Jade, with bench seating and storage drawers finished with leather pulls. The oval bleached wood table is reminiscent of a surfboard and surrounded with rattan metal frame armchairs by Palacek, continuing the calm, coastal vibe.
The kitchen is bright and cheery, with an over-sized skylight and picture window facing the yard and rectangular pool; your immediate impression is the feeling of being wrapped in nature’s cobalt and cerulean blues.
The large island has four under counter bar stools and is topped with leathered Macaubas Fantasy quartzite, a natural non-porous and stain resistant stone from Brazil. It also features a prep sink, panel-ready Fisher and Paykel dishwashing drawer and Wolf microwave. The perimeter countertops are a dark gray Adamantium polished granite, offset by a wall of undulating glossy white ceramic tile from Spain by Akdo. Behind the dual-fuel, Wolf six-burner range is a chevron patterned marble backsplash, topped with a custom hood banded in a wood tone to match the flooring.
Laundry will never feel like a chore in this spacious room made possible by removing a small bedroom. The diamond shaped mosaic tiles from Artistic Tile in San Francisco add texture and interest, while the accent wall facing the kitchen features the same wallpaper as in the dining nook.
The powder room is wrapped on three sides by Osborne & Little Marmara Aqua-Pale Grey wallpaper. The marble-topped vanity, backed by a wall of Allison Thassos Marble WJ Mosaic Mixed Finish Stone from Artistic Tile, is beautifully offset by a white honeycomb marble patterned floor.
The family room is large enough for the family to relax and entertain, with high ceilings, built-in shelving and storage surrounding the TV and fireplace. The wet bar has dual Edge Star wine refrigerators and the countertops and backsplash are a black polished Agata Granite, quarried in Brazil. The bronze orb light fixture is from Currey & Company.
The back yard feels very private, surrounded by towering Cypress trees on three sides. A bocce court and putting green have been sacrificed to make way for the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in progress. As you step across the blue flagstone patio, a sport court, complete with basketball hoop, invites young and old to come play and imagine closing your eyes, dropping your head back and soaring to the skies on the adjacent swing set.
Under the peaked redwood patio covering is a full outdoor kitchen and Wolf barbeque. A cement topped table from Terra in Burlingame and whimsical hanging chairs from Restoration Hardware set the tone for dining under the stars, while enjoying the appropriate mood music with an integrated Sonos sound system. The large double cirque hand-forged fixture, similar to family room’s, is from Vermont’s Hubbarton Forge. This home is all-season perfect, both inside and out.
Ellis Schoichet, AIA—EASA Architecture
All Natural Stone
Cynthia Foti Interiors
Don D’Elia—D’Elia Construction
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