ODS Architecture is responsible for the incredible renovation of this modern home that is located in Kentfield, Marin County, California. When the architects were commissioned to take on this remodel project, they were surprised by how nondescript the house’s front yard was, versus the all-glass back yard with fantastic views of the San Francisco Bay.
Wanting to balance the house and open it up, we were asked to raise the ceilings and provide more glass and views to the entry front yard. The house was already large and expansive, so more square footage was not necessary, it just needed an architectural facelift. To create balance and open the house up required raising the ceiling height and integrating additional glass along with framed views of the entry front yard.
The renovated dwelling is approximately 4,700 square feet in size, with additional area added being just 462 square feet, but the effect of lifting the roof three feet higher and opening the house views up is dramatic. The house reflects the owners’ interests and lifestyle which involves sports and entertaining. Two mature Olive trees were brought in to sit at the entry parking forecourt, making manageable what was a large empty space.
What We Love: This sleek dwelling features light-filled living spaces thanks to the enhanced improvements of additional windows and increased ceiling height. From the fabulous views to the beautiful landscaping, the architects have renovated this house to maximize its full potential on the site. We are especially loving the sophisticated styling and the stunning dining room, perfect for entertaining.
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The old house had a large existing fireplace in the middle of the living and dining rooms that were kept but was seriously updated with new gas insert, wood, and stone cladding.
The existing family room became a game room for billiards and football-watching, and the entry forecourt has a basketball stand then off to the side is a Bocce ball court. A large swimming pool sits down below the main house.
The game room also features a stone wall where a rock picked up while hiking by one of the owners, was matched and included in the construction.
The old house had several Fleetwood windows and sliding doors, which were refinished and kept, with new matching units used as clerestories to increase the roof height.
The main bathroom received a lot of design attention, with separate his and hers closets, and a centrally located vessel tub by Badeloft. Several skylights brighten things and the vessel tub sits almost surrounded by glass, since the house lives in a private gated community.
A new concrete patio was designed to sit outside next to the kitchen, for outdoor cooking and dining. Overlooking the pool and the Bay view, it’s a perfect setting. Set off from the bedrooms, a new Zen-inspired garden with Corten steel planters provides a restful surrounding.
PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Dyer Photography and Philip Liang Photography
PRIOR TO THE RENOVATION