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Ranch with ADU


This sprawling Rancher’s large, open kitchen and family room are intended to welcome a crowd! Set on a quiet Hillsborough cul-de-sac, the one-acre lot ascends up the hillside, with a sport court and ADU along the way. These homeowners were ahead of the ‘green movement’ curve, adding energy-efficient solar panels, artificial turf, tankless water heaters and double-paned windows.


Once inside the front door, your senses will delight with all of the visual stimulation. Mounted on the wall to the right is a silver Holy Week processional scepter from South America and a Thai-inspired lacquered cabinet intended as a document holder on the left. The formal dining room has a beautiful mahogany table with seating for ten and a matching marble-topped sideboard. Hanging above is an airy six-arm Murano glass chandelier. The fabric covered walls show off an outstanding collection of Asian figurines and artifacts displayed on floating shelves.


Take a peek around the corner to see this jewel of a guest powder room. The walls are covered with tonal red striated wallpaper with gold medallion stamps called “Sakura Haiku” from Osborne and Little. The “Shanti” four drawer chest from Tansu Designs was modified to accommodate a unique vessel sink, accenting the warm metallic color in the wallpaper. An ornate carved antique mirror and shelf hangs above, a treasure from the homeowner’s parents. Continue to glance up and notice the beautiful ‘Radnor” bowl light fixture with spear cut glass by famed British lighting company, Vaughan Designs. 


The kitchen’s tray ceiling adds depth and dimension, beautifully framing the large walnut island by SPEKVA from Denmark Its unique shape was designed to optimize its functionality. The white bespoke cabinetry from Huggy Bear in Oregon and green Costa Esmeralda granite countertops from Pietra Fina really pop with a fun glass tile backsplash in Kermit green and blue called “Raindrops” by Scandinavia. These bright colors were chosen by the homeowner as they reminded her of her favorite coffee mug! All of the appliances are Thermador, including side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, complete with a built-in hydration station, a gas cooktop and separate wall-mount ovens. The abundant counterspace, recessed cookbook shelves and integrated appliances make this a perfect environment for a home chef and family that like to entertain.


The formal living room is traditionally furnished and has multiple seating areas for intimate conversation while listening to music from the baby grand piano and enjoying luscious views of the garden beyond the French doors. The high-profile ceiling matches that of the foyer and was an enormous project undertaken mid-way through the remodel, the result of an idea presented by the designer during the weekly construction meeting.


Exiting the family room to the patio, you’ll feel like you’re in Lake Tahoe! The fountain, a family favorite, was inspired by the homeowner’s parents’ residence in San Francisco. The terraced hillside leads you up to an in-ground trampoline surrounded by artificial turf, and a fenced-in sport court. At the top of the property, tucked in a grove of mature trees, is a two story ADU, complete a large open living space on the first level and bedrooms down below. Tall wood-clad ceilings add to the sense of space and windows around the perimeter let in lots of natural light. The Kitchen Island and table in front of the striking stone fireplace offer ample seating for a large group.

Architect (ADU)

TRG Architecture + Interior Design


Wilkinson Preservation

Interior Design (Main House)

Christian Huebner Interiors, Inc.


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