This little weekend retreat in Napa County, California has all the coziness of a country house. The interior design by Jean Larette has an understated elegance that brings a touch of traditional sophistication to the country home.
This Victorian House in Pacific Heights in San Francisco, California has an exterior that takes your breath away. The design is the epitome of San Francisco architecture. The contemporary interior design offers a striking contrast to the traditional architecture.
This modern home design in Mill Valley, California by architect Sharon Portnoy has a new floor plan that results in better energy flow. The new open kitchen becomes the centre of this family home. The new design of the house has also created a gallery that allows direct access to the garage and serves as the central hallway that connects to the rest of the house.
The M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California is a fine arts museum first opened in 1895. Earthquakes have damaged the original building, and in 2005, a new structure was completed by Herzog & de Meuron. A twisting tower in the shape of an inverted pyramid is the most distinctive feature of its exterior. Located in Golden Gate Park, the new museum is sensitive to its natural setting. Landscaped gardens by Walter Hood harmonized the surroundings. In the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, a 21-foot safety pin adds an artistic element to this interesting property.
No expense was spared with the building of this 15,000-square-foot luxury estate in Corona, California. The architecture and interior design are fashioned in the French and Italian traditions of European aristocracy. The foyer of the home extends into a central isle with dome glass ceiling. Its grandness is reminiscent of St. Peter’s Basilica. Ionic capital columns support the arched hallways, and marble flooring, crown moulding and baseboards provide an air of opulence and old world elegance. The landscaping of the property has the ambiance of a Tuscan estate with its mature olive trees. The estate has magnificent views of the Santa Ana Mountains and city lights. A 17,000-square-foot swimming pool and party pavilion along with a cinema and ballroom offer grand scale entertaining and living.
Nestled in the hills of Mill Valley, California, the Hillside House is a LEED Plantinum certified home with high sustainability designed by SB Architects. Built on a steep hillside site, the modern red cedar house has a vertical design with multi-level living spaces that reduces its footprint. Views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline can be enjoyed from the numerous balconies and outdoor terraces.
Located in in the coastal mountains of Northern California, Innermost House is a very small house built by Diana Lorence and her husband. This tiny house is about twelve square feet with five distinct rooms. The living room is eleven feet by seven feet. The kitchen, study and bathroom are five feet by three feet each. A sleeping loft above is accessible by a wooden ladder. The porch provides a shelter for the front door and a place to relax in the open outdoor space. This amazingly small house makes possible a simple life of reflection and high conversation.
This modern home located in Sausalito, California in the San Francisco Bay Area is situated on a steep slope with panoramic views of Richardson Bay. The house has a simple and unassuming front façade, but once inside the house, light and expansive windows open the interior to the grand environment outside. The home also features a rainwater harvesting system, and along with its use of a combination of light and dark woods, the zen-like simplicity makes for responsible living in a neighbourhood with history and sensitivity to its environment.