Projects

Clear Skies and Crystals at our La Donna Avenue Residence

Sep 13, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Demolition has progressed at our La Donna Avenue Residence!

The contractor, Chris Brooks of CB Builders, has artfully chosen to leave the chandeliers intact - which makes for a glamorous contrast to the destruction happening around them. 

This two-story structure will go through a dramatic transformation to become a multi-generational home for a growing family. We're very excited to break ground!

Gilbert Avenue Residence :: inside and out

Sep 12, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Here are some photos we took of the Gilbert Avenue Residence, shortly after completion and shortly before move-in. 

This home was originally a two-bedroom, one-bath, one-story home. The owners wanted to expand and make it more family-friendly, but the corner lot location meant that we didn't have a lot of buildable area on first floor. We carefully "inserted" a two-story volume into the middle of the one-story footprint, with a central stairway and skylight to help provide more natural light in the center of the plan. The final result a is a brighter, more spacious home that any family can enjoy.

 

The front living room window frames the magnificent magnolia tree in front.

 

The central stairway acts as a room divider between the living room and kitchen. This slice through the house also brings in an abundance of natural light via the skylight and clerestory windows above.

 

These penny round tiles provide a playful accent to the kids' bathroom, and also echos the color of the front door.

 

While the white and black exterior color scheme evokes a modern farmhouse feel, the turquoise blue front door adds a personal, cheery touch. The staggered volumes and wide roof overhangs soften the overall massing.

Photos by our talented Sucharitha Yelimeli.

Amarillo Avenue Residence, Deconstructed

Jul 27, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Construction on our Amarillo Avenue Residence has begun! The first step is to remove the existing home, so we can have an empty plot on which to build the brand new design. We are so excited that the homeowners chose the route of "deconstructing" the home, which meant that a specialized deconstruction crew would carefully remove each material for potential recycling or reuse. It is by far the most earth-friendly way to demolish a home, and as an added bonus, we get amazing skeletal views of the home in the process. More to come on this project!

Gilbert Avenue Residence photo shoot

Jul 16, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Impromptu photo shoot at our just-completed Gilbert Avenue Residence. A lovely day for the lovely house, where the wide roof overhangs provide some good summer shade. This was our second time working with one of our favorite clients, and it was an absolute dream. 

Complex angles, simple pursuit

Jun 21, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

Our Gilbert Avenue Residence it nearing completion, and it's feeling really nice inside. The stair slices through the middle of the home, allowing for the skylights and clerestory windows to illuminate all levels. 

The forecast is always sunny with this kitchen backsplash

Apr 18, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

We're finishing up construction at the Santa Barbara Road Residence, and the bright Fireclay tile backsplash is stealing the show. We can't wait to see more of it go up in the next few days.

Amarillo Avenue Residence gets planning approval

Apr 12, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Amarillo Avenue Residence has just received planning department approval! This is a new, two-story home for a young couple relocating from Seattle to Palo Alto.

This planning approval means we can now apply for our building permit - the next big step towards starting construction. We are very excited to see this home take shape!

Looking sharp.

Feb 16, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

The tiled wall disappears into the ceiling light cove at our Yerba Santa Avenue Residence. ⠀

How our clients live in their spaces

Feb 14, 2018 by Hiromi Ogawa

I love getting a glimpse of how our clients use their finished spaces. This shot is of a custom walnut shelf above the Fireclay kitchen backsplash at our Kelton Avenue Residence. The arrangement is warm and elegant, just like the owners.

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