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Featured in Diablo Magazine, February 2016.

A crisp contemporary update of a classic California ranch style home started off with a more cosmetic facelift that kept many of the room functions in place. After design options were unveiled the owners gravitated toward flipping, moving and expanding rooms eventually enlarging the home by a thousand square feet.

The existing two-car garage was moved closer to the street allowing a new kitchen facing the backyard to be placed behind it. The old kitchen became a new media room and another bedroom home office with custom Murphy bed was inserted into the plan. The master bedroom became a true suite with master bath and walk-in closet.

The core of the project was a new high-ceiling living and dining room with bi-fold glass doors opening to the expansive backyard. The new kitchen opens into this great room with large center island just right for large group entertaining. The vaulted living room with expansive glass doors letting in light and view is balanced with a new operable skylight that allows hot air to escape and brings in more light brightening the room. Light white oak large plank floors transition to stone tile kitchen floors and cabinets in two tones of wood, figured walnut and ash with quartz countertops.

New master bathroom has a large sculptural vessel bath with soft natural light from new windows and skylights washing the large double vanity with linen storage cabinet adjacent. At the other end is a shower and water closet room. Next door is the combined fourth bedroom or home office with custom pull-down Murphy bed.

Landscaping integrates the home into its surroundings with low concrete walls framing a path to the front door with drought resistant planting in front, and at the rear new Ipe decks wrap the house and incorporate the large existing monumental Oak tree. New aluminum windows, doors and glass garage door complete the composition. The finished home reflects its ranch origins in a contemporary way integrating with and complimenting the neighborhood.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Live Oaks Builders
LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Shades of Green Landscape Architects
PHOTOGRAPHY: Paul Dyer Photography


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