We are so pleased to be selected for Best of Houzz 2017! Special thanks to our clients and collaborators, who really help make it all happen. We couldn't do this without you!
Chris Brooks of CB Builders first introduced us to his go-to cabinetmaker, Phill Buehrig of Built-In Cabinetry, when we worked together on the Middlefield Road Residence. From the start, we knew we liked Phill: he understood our design intent, had amazing attention to detail, AND draws by hand. (What's not to like?) And here is what showed up in the Play Room:
We were floored when we saw the actual cabinets - they are nothing short of works of art. Beautifully bookmatched veneers, crisp edges and an overall richness. Phill also made the custom walnut handrail to our specifications, which perfectly matched the cabinets. This particular project was peppered with artisanal details, and Chris, the general contractor, did an amazing job orchestrating his subcontractors. And Phill's cabinets, as well as his hands-on process, were an integral part of brining our vision to reality.
So needless to say, we were thrilled to work with Phill again on the Kitchen, Living Room, and Bathroom cabinets for the Ramona Street Residence. This project was a full interior remodel (with Chris at the helm), and the beautiful cabinets are part of what ties the whole house together.
Sometimes we almost feel like keeping artisans like Phill our "best kept secret", but his craft is too good to keep to ourselves - it needs to be shared with everyone. Phill can be reached at 831-475-2330, or at phill(at)built-in-cabinetry.com
We just finished photographing our Middlefield Residence project with Cesar Rubio, one of our favorite photographers.
It was an intense day of shooting, and a very successful one.
We previously worked with Cesar to photograph the Waverley Street Residences. We appreciate his intuition for great shots - he often suggests angles that we never would have imagined on our own.
Special thanks to the homeowners, who provided us full access to their beautiful home. The owners have an impressive art collection, and it was a pleasure to work in such a well-curated space.
We look forward to sharing the final photos with you soon!
We are so pleased to be selected for Best of houzz 2016! The success of our projects owes a lot to our amazing collaborators, clients, and design team. Thank you!
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We first worked with Curtis Sakai in 2008 when we helped him with his family’s second story addition and remodel in the Berkeley Hills. Throughout the project, it was clear that we worked well together and shared similar sensibilities. So, we were thrilled when Curtis asked us to collaborate on his first project with his development venture, Bay Reach Homes, in 2012. Since then we have worked together on half a dozen house remodels ranging from simple rehabilitations to major transformations.
Our ongoing relationship Curtis has allowed us to create a lot of efficiencies. We understand how we best work together. Unlike out typical custom projects, these development projects tend to move quickly and decisions are often made on the fly. As a team, we can pull best practices and favorite concepts from past projects to ensure that our current projects are fresh and creative while still being functional and appealing.
Above all, we simply enjoy working with Curtis. He’s very thoughtful about each project and always considers the value of each change – Will people appreciate it? Will it work well for the people who live here? His projects also include a little bit of “wow factor” which makes working with Curtis really fun.
Scouting shots for an upcoming photo shoot of this Palo Alto residence. We're learning from the best with photographer Joe Fletcher.
Our work at the NE 38th Avenue Residence has come to a close, and we couldn't be more excited for our clients to enjoy life in their new space. A proper farewell is complete with this cell phone selfie of the project team : from the bottom up we have contractor Brooks with Roseland Construction LLC, loan officer Russ, clients Andrew and Peg, and architects me and Hiromi. A big thanks to everyone for making this such a fun project to be a part of. We hope our clients will enjoy their home for many years to come!
Brooks, Russ, Andrew, Peg, me, Hiromi
It’s amazing what creative solutions can emerge when collaboration is at play. The evolution of this stair in particular is a result of an exquisite collaborative effort between architecture and engineering. We worked directly with our structural engineer, Bill Harrison, to find a solution that embodies our client’s vision for this project. As the design progressed (from left to right on the image above), we wanted to enhance one of the most innovative features of this stair - the perforated metal mesh. The mesh seems to defy the laws of gravity as it floats upward, bending continuously to act as both stair riser and tread. The owners were also very helpful in communicating their preferences as we shared each option. The design would not have evolved in the same way without the necessary and valuable structural input from an engineer that understands the essence of the design. What a beautiful partnership!