California Projects

  • Natural Instincts

    Architect William S. Duff Jr. and his clients approached eco-friendliness in a holistic way at the Wheeler Residence in Menlo Park, Calif.

     
  • bath: pair of aces

    The master bath of 543 House (in the first two slides above) bears a strong family resemblance to the kitchen that occupies the space just below it. Its long sink counter and splash surfaces are white Corian, its flush-front cabinetry is teak, and its geometry favors strong, monolithic elements.

     
  • kitchen: dining out

    To get both an open interior and a full garage on a 30-foot-by-80-foot lot, architects Barbara Callas and Steven Shortridge, AIA, gave 543 House, as it's called, a section that rises in a staggered series of split levels.

     
  • Thomas Aquinas College

    Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

    Duncan G. Stroik combined careful craftsmanship and several architectural influences to create this traditional chapel on the Thomas Aquinas College campus.

     
  • wa design

    Ten years ago, David Stark Wilson jumped at the chance to purchase a tiny parcel of land at the industrial western edge of his Berkeley, Calif., hometown. Since then his five-person firm, WA Design, has designed and built three structures on the roughly 0.4-acre site, each time relocating into its...

     
  • internal logic

    “The only lots left to build on in San Francisco are these impossible lots that nobody can build on,” says architect Craig Steely. Well, almost nobody.

     
  • open season

    Part of a remodeled master suite, this earthy, serene bath occupies what was once the worst spot in the house.

     
  • suburban renewal

    Before choosing a single material or product for his own house in Redondo Beach, Calif., designer Robert Sweet was well on his way to creating a sustainable dwelling.

     
  • chamber plot

    Neal Schwartz, AIA, describes the original master suite in this Bay Area Mission-style house as “a weird warren of rooms where you had to walk through the closet to get to the master bath.”

     
  • can-do attitude

    San Francisco is famous for its Victorian row houses, which typically feature small, dark kitchens tucked in at the back. Neal Schwartz, AIA, remodeled one such kitchen for a family of four that cooks almost every night and makes canning fresh produce an

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
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