Collaborations: Phill Buehrig, Built-In Cabinetry

Jun 20, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

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)

Construction begins at Mezes Avenue Residence

May 31, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Foundation formwork for the master suite addition is underway. It was a lot of fun to work with the language of the original home, which is a nice mix of midcentury bones and farm house details. The remodel and addition will improve on the house by providing higher ceilings, more natural light, and a lot more breathing room for the family. 

We are looking forward to seeing it all take shape!

Middlefield Road Residence Photos by Cesar Rubio - sneak peek!

May 26, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We just received our final images of the Middlefield Road Residence project from Cesar Rubio, and we're thrilled with how they came out. Here is a sneak peek - more images will be avialable on our website soon!

Boston Avenue Residence in Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Apr 26, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

It's out! The printed edition of the Houses issue of Fine Homebuilding is on newsstands today, and features a photo from our Boston Avenue Residence project. Thanks again to Lincoln Barbour, our photographer for the project, and the one who pitched the photo for the article!

Middlefield Residence Photo Shoot

Apr 22, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

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!

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.