Residential Design

VOL.4. 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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in size and tucked into a niche of window walls, the living area functions more like a parlor or cocktail lounge. Pulling the living area into the niche opened a main axis or "street" from the rear patio through the combined living and dining room, past the front hall, and on to the game room and the front patio beyond. Climbing up a short run of teak stairs from the living/dining room provides transition to the main circulation corridors and rewards with a gorgeous view through the game room to another mountain range. Reworking spaces and creating artful alignments are some of the greatest challenges in a renovation. And nothing here looks haphazardly placed—or left in place as a last resort. There are no strange, vestigial rooms lacking clear purpose or definition. The entire plan reads as deliberately and meticulously arranged. What's more, the construction looks as deftly crafted as if the building had been framed for its current design right from the inception, instead of more than 30 years ago. Thanks to Dan Nowell's team at Eden Roc Builders, materials come to- gether here with an inevitability that belies the ugly truths of remodeling work and existing conditions. It may have started as an improvisation, but the result is a tour de force. "The project really grew on us," says Alan. "It started with a small scope and budget, and then it became, 'What about this? What about that?' But it turned out really, really nicely. Now the house exemplifies the best of California and Marin living." What creates that ineffable California style? It all starts with a flat roof and a bounty of glorious windows. "The rhythm and placement of the windows are very important. They need to capture views, but also an openness and ease of living," says Alan. "Even so, it was still a surprise for us how much you can pull out of an old, ranch-style house with a little vision." 36 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2018 CASE STUDY

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