Tuesday, November 20, 2012


The original ranch style home was 2216 sf. Among its many flaws, these three were most interesting:   1) to enter the main bedroom one had to go through the bathroom with its sunken tub directly in the pathway, 2) another bedroom had no bathroom so one  traipsed  through the public areas to get to it, and 3) closets for two bedrooms had exterior doors accessing directly the entry porch. Design marvels!


The new, updated ranch home is 2468 sf. Many, many changes are incorporated into this new design including fixing the three flaws mentioned above. The home now has good flow, an  open plan, dynamic vaulted ceilings,  and lots of interior natural light. A multitude of  skylights, a clerestory, bay windows, and gable end windows in the living room were added. An exceptional kitchen and pantry was created. It has beautiful cherry cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances - these you would expect. More important, though, is the space, task and storage function.  And the bathrooms - you would actually want to be in the new ones. 

Monday, November 19, 2012


This ranch home was significantly remodeled and transformed  into a vibrant open plan. These photos, with the home nearly complete, show the entry and several interior views.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


The Art Studio evolved around a circle on circle form,
focused toward the Basket and Regalia studios. These tall, high ceiling studios, have lots of north windows bring in the cool, balanced light ideal for creating their intricate, extraordinary baskets and ceremonial regalia. Looking out, the view, with your eye level @ 9' above grade, is directly into the rich, evergreen foliage of the oaks. Between the two main studios, a quiet patio is shared for work on nicer days. Two other studios are for arts and crafts, classes and socializing. To connect all the studios, a hallway gallery wraps the inner radius.  Straw bale and timber construction anchor the organic form. Area: 4095 sf. Note: if you are not familiar with the Pomo people, do become acquainted with them. In particular,they are famous for their remarkable basketry.