Set outside Petaluma, California, this LEED Platinum family home took the place of an abandoned farmhouse.
This bold addition by Klopf Architecture outside San Francisco makes a conscious departure from the existing traditional home—and features the ultimate rooftop hangout.
On a sandy cul-de-sac in Stinson Beach, California, architects Matthew Peek and Renata Ancona built this elevated modern structure beside a modest 1940s bungalow. Thanks to some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.
In 2007, Lynda and Peter Benoit bought a 1,100-square-foot unit in the historic Besler Building, a former steam-engine factory in Emeryville, California. The San Francisco Bay Area loft was suffering from a case of poor planning; a previous owner had broken up the open area with an ill-conceived elevated storage space directly over the entryway.
Over the span of two years, the couple—she’s a communications specialist at Lucasfilm and he’s an architect at Melander Architects—lived and breathed a clever overhaul, transforming their once-dim home into a sunlit space housing Peter’s masterwork: a completely customized 16-by-17-by-10-foot wooden box that accommodates a bookcase on the outside, a bedroom on the inside, and a dressing-room mezzanine above.
This forest sanctuary near Lake Tahoe was designed to support autistic triplets, their parents, and a host of caregivers.
The new kid on the block in a predominantly Eichler neighborhood, this Menlo Park home breaks the mold and divides into three pavilions connected by breezeways.