Featured on Houzz: The Allure of Warm and Tasteful Accent Tiles in Kitchens

Apr 18, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

A new Houzz article in Japanese features our Neilson Street Residence kitchen. We've always loved the use of red accent tiles (complimented by red Caravaggio pendant cords) in this kitchen, and it's nice to know that others like it, too.

We've recently been featured in numerous Houzz articles in different langauges, but this one Hiromi can actually read! The caption states: "This kitchen uses red mosaic tile as an accent. Red is a common food color, like tomatoes and other fruit, and is also called a "kitchen color". If you want your kitchen to feel lively and active, the effect of red tile is tremendous."

We couldn't agree more!

Fine Homebuilding Features Our Boston Avenue Residence Nook

Feb 16, 2016 by Rosanna Jackson

We were excited to find out that the Fine Homebuilding blog recently featured the hallway “book nook” in our Boston Avenue Residence project. The photo will be featured in an article in Fine Homebuilding magazine that hits newsstands on April 26th.



Window Location, Operation, Proportions

Feb 10, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Sucharitha is studying windows for one of our projects.  Things she's looking at:

  • Window location: What or where are we illuminating with natural light?  
  • Window operation: Does the window want to open, and if so, how?  How big or small does the operable window want to be?
  • Window proportions: What looks good for the room?  What looks good with the overall volume of the house?

And why not be artful with your sketches in the process?  Thanks, Sucharitha.

Topics: Office, Projects

Ross Road Residence Taking Shape

Feb 5, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Construction at the Ross Road Residence is progressing smoothly.  Since the last update, the windows and drywall have been installed, and the wood ceiling is in.

The tongue and groove cedar ceiling panels run through the entire length of this side of the home.  The color and texture add warmth to the rooms, and will age nicely over time.

Penny round accent tiles reach up to the skylight in the shower.  Abundant use of skylights in this one-story home means lots of California sunshine inside the house all year long.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in April - stay tuned!

Ross Road Residence

Dec 8, 2015 by Rosanna Jackson

Construction on the Ross Road residence is well underway. The biggest priority for this project is to make a relatively compact living space feel as expansive as possible without being completely open. One of the ways we’re doing this is by giving the kitchen, dining and living areas a vaulted ceiling. Then, through a series of low walls and built-in cabinets we’re defining each space while maintaining visibility between the rooms. When it’s finished, this area is going to be a great space for this growing family. 






Latest Houzz article features our Stannage Avenue Residence

Oct 16, 2015 by Hiromi Ogawa


There are many creative storage solutions in this article, and we're honored to be included. 

The double-duty bench is a great idea, particularly where space is at a premium.  We like the combination of open and closed storage, because it's nice to hide away some of the clutter.  The article recommends drawers, but sliding doors have worked equally well for our designs.  You can see more photos and read about the Stannage Avenue Residence project on our website.

Collaborations: Curtis Sakai, Bay Reach Homes

Oct 13, 2015 by Hiromi Ogawa

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.

Material Love | Tile Edition

Aug 17, 2015 by Christina Kwiecienski

I can't get enough of Fireclay Tile's bold colors and geometric shapes. Here's a sneak peek of the bathroom tile for the Middlefield Road Residence. 

fireclay 6" hexagon tiles

Construction Snapshots

Jul 27, 2015 by Christina Kwiecienski

Construction is well underway at the Middlefield Road Residence, and everything is coming together beautifully thanks to contractor Chris Brooks with CB Builders Inc. 

Surrounded by numerous Coast Live Oak trees, the expansive tree canopy is one of our favorite things about this particular site. With high ceilings and big windows, this second story addition takes full advantage of these well established trees and feels like a secluded tree-top oasis. 


exterior envelope construction progress exterior: framing | waterproofing | siding

interior construction progress interior: framing | insulation | drywall

Through the Lens

Jun 30, 2015 by Christina Kwiecienski

Scouting shots for an upcoming photo shoot of this Palo Alto residence. We're learning from the best with photographer Joe Fletcher.

Palo Alto residence