Construction on the Ross Road residence is well underway. The biggest priority for this project is to make a relatively compact living space feel as expansive as possible without being completely open. One of the ways we’re doing this is by giving the kitchen, dining and living areas a vaulted ceiling. Then, through a series of low walls and built-in cabinets we’re defining each space while maintaining visibility between the rooms. When it’s finished, this area is going to be a great space for this growing family.
There are many creative storage solutions in this article, and we're honored to be included.
The double-duty bench is a great idea, particularly where space is at a premium. We like the combination of open and closed storage, because it's nice to hide away some of the clutter. The article recommends drawers, but sliding doors have worked equally well for our designs. You can see more photos and read about the Stannage Avenue Residence project on our website.
We first worked with Curtis Sakai in 2008 when we helped him with his family’s second story addition and remodel in the Berkeley Hills. Throughout the project, it was clear that we worked well together and shared similar sensibilities. So, we were thrilled when Curtis asked us to collaborate on his first project with his development venture, Bay Reach Homes, in 2012. Since then we have worked together on half a dozen house remodels ranging from simple rehabilitations to major transformations.
Our ongoing relationship Curtis has allowed us to create a lot of efficiencies. We understand how we best work together. Unlike out typical custom projects, these development projects tend to move quickly and decisions are often made on the fly. As a team, we can pull best practices and favorite concepts from past projects to ensure that our current projects are fresh and creative while still being functional and appealing.
Above all, we simply enjoy working with Curtis. He’s very thoughtful about each project and always considers the value of each change – Will people appreciate it? Will it work well for the people who live here? His projects also include a little bit of “wow factor” which makes working with Curtis really fun.
Our office stationery - complete with new logo! - came to our office today.
Special thanks to Kristin Beadle of Beadle Design, our graphics and branding extraordinaire; and to our Rosanna Jackson, who expertly handled the execution.
We were recently interviewed for this nice article, about the Vernon Lane Residence project we completed in 2012. We are happy to make the front page!