Plan Diagrams

Aug 2, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are currently studying diagrams at the office - this one of the Middlefield Road Residence is particularly sweet, because it shows the towering Coast Live Oak trees surrounding the property. The gray hatch in the courtyard is the discreet stair addition we added to reach the new second floor. The stair looks like this from the outside: 

And from the inside, the second floor feels like a tree house among the oak trees:

The goal with a diagram is to convey the same idea as the experience of that space... It's a challenging but exciting exercise.

Breaking Ground at Inverness Way Residence

Jul 13, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Demolition is under way at the Inverness Way Residence in Sunnyvale. The existing ranch-style home is down to studs! The new home will have a larger, open living/dining/kitchen area, which we expect to be the hub of activity for our clients. The front of the house will get a new entrance and library/guest room; the rear addition is a master suite that faces the back yard and patio. We're so excited to see this project take shape.

Featured on Houzz: Know Your Flooring: Linoleum, Vinyl, and Rubber

Jul 5, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Fresh off the press from Houzz Australia...

The 12th Street Residence gets a lot of attention for its rubber flooring in the kitchen. The project has been featured in numerous Houzz articles in the past, and there seems to be a steady stream of interest in soft, sustainable flooring that is easy to maintain.

But that's not the first time we've used rubber flooring - the kitchen and mudroom at the Stannage Avenue Residence is also rubber, although you can't see much of it in the final photos.

Framing is up at the Mezes Avenue Residence

Jun 29, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

It's always fascinating how the addition feels small when the foundation is poured, but then feels big again when the framing goes up.

Collaborations: Phill Buehrig, Built-In Cabinetry

Jun 20, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Chris Brooks of CB Builders first introduced us to his go-to cabinetmaker, Phill Buehrig of Built-In Cabinetry, when we worked together on the Middlefield Road Residence. From the start, we knew we liked Phill: he understood our design intent, had amazing attention to detail, AND draws by hand. (What's not to like?) And here is what showed up in the Play Room:

We were floored when we saw the actual cabinets - they are nothing short of works of art. Beautifully bookmatched veneers, crisp edges and an overall richness. Phill also made the custom walnut handrail to our specifications, which perfectly matched the cabinets. This particular project was peppered with artisanal details, and Chris, the general contractor, did an amazing job orchestrating his subcontractors. And Phill's cabinets, as well as his hands-on process, were an integral part of brining our vision to reality.

So needless to say, we were thrilled to work with Phill again on the Kitchen, Living Room, and Bathroom cabinets for the Ramona Street Residence. This project was a full interior remodel (with Chris at the helm), and the beautiful cabinets are part of what ties the whole house together.

Sometimes we almost feel like keeping artisans like Phill our "best kept secret", but his craft is too good to keep to ourselves - it needs to be shared with everyone. Phill can be reached at 831-475-2330, or at phill(at)

Construction begins at Mezes Avenue Residence

May 31, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

Foundation formwork for the master suite addition is underway. It was a lot of fun to work with the language of the original home, which is a nice mix of midcentury bones and farm house details. The remodel and addition will improve on the house by providing higher ceilings, more natural light, and a lot more breathing room for the family. 

We are looking forward to seeing it all take shape!

Middlefield Road Residence Photos by Cesar Rubio - sneak peek!

May 26, 2016 by Hiromi Ogawa

We just received our final images of the Middlefield Road Residence project from Cesar Rubio, and we're thrilled with how they came out. Here is a sneak peek - more images will be avialable on our website soon!