Featured on Houzz: 12 Ways to Wow With a Small Garden

Oct 3, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

The Marin Avenue Residence was featured in a Houzz article about small gardens. Check it out!

Small Firms, Great Projects

Sep 13, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are excited to be part of the AIASF Small Firms, Great Projects publication this year! Our page features the Waverley Street Residence, which was completed in 2012 but is still a perennial favorite.

Featured on Houzz: 12 Ideas From Stunning Fall Gardens

Sep 9, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Fresh off the press from Houzz...

There's no doubt that the Waverley Street Residence has a very inviting yard. It has an outdoor living area with a fire pit table, and a dining area (not shown) that is large enough for a party. Native plants thrive with very little irrigation. We love how this yard is nestled between two homes (both of which we designed), so it almost feels like a secret garden. Thanks, Houzz, for the shout out!

Featured on Houzz: 12 Tricks to Make the Most of Your Yard

Aug 11, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Fresh off the press from Houzz...

It's great to see the Marin Avenue Residence courtyard featured in this article, because we couldn't agree more that this outdoor space is an oasis of calm. The simple material palette, curated landscaping, and water-feature-as-art-piece are all contributors forming a cohesive whole. And it doesn't hurt that you can see the Golden Gate Bridge when seated at the table!

Middlefield Road Residence is now live on our website

Aug 9, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

You can read a full summary of the project, and see loads of new photos. We'd love for you to check it out.

Special thanks to:

  • Cesar Rubio for his beautiful photography
  • Kristin Beadle and Paul Irving at Insite Web Publishing for their website mastery
  • Heather Stanley for her excellent copy editng
  • Chris Brooks of CB Builders for his craftsmanship and care
  • And of course, the owners of the project, for allowing us to work with them and feature their home

We are very excited to add this project to our portfolio.

Glulam beams are up at Inverness Way Residence

Aug 3, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

The vaulted ceiling over this living, dining, and kitchen will be white, but these dropped glulam beams will be stained to add warmth to the room. We are also excited about the two ridge skylights that will span across these beams. More soon!

Plan Diagrams

Aug 2, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are currently studying diagrams at the office - this one of the Middlefield Road Residence is particularly sweet, because it shows the towering Coast Live Oak trees surrounding the property. The gray hatch in the courtyard is the discreet stair addition we added to reach the new second floor. The stair looks like this from the outside: 

And from the inside, the second floor feels like a tree house among the oak trees:

The goal with a diagram is to convey the same idea as the experience of that space... It's a challenging but exciting exercise.

Breaking Ground at Inverness Way Residence

Jul 13, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Demolition is under way at the Inverness Way Residence in Sunnyvale. The existing ranch-style home is down to studs! The new home will have a larger, open living/dining/kitchen area, which we expect to be the hub of activity for our clients. The front of the house will get a new entrance and library/guest room; the rear addition is a master suite that faces the back yard and patio. We're so excited to see this project take shape.

Featured on Houzz: Know Your Flooring: Linoleum, Vinyl, and Rubber

Jul 5, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Fresh off the press from Houzz Australia...

The 12th Street Residence gets a lot of attention for its rubber flooring in the kitchen. The project has been featured in numerous Houzz articles in the past, and there seems to be a steady stream of interest in soft, sustainable flooring that is easy to maintain.

But that's not the first time we've used rubber flooring - the kitchen and mudroom at the Stannage Avenue Residence is also rubber, although you can't see much of it in the final photos.

Framing is up at the Mezes Avenue Residence

Jun 29, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

It's always fascinating how the addition feels small when the foundation is poured, but then feels big again when the framing goes up.