California Projects

  • playing the angles

    Custom medicine cabinets match the width of the windows and reflect their panorama. (The arrangement adds romantic appeal, because to see Mount Tam the owners must also look toward each other.) Floating beech vanities leave floor space open, making the 7½-foot-by-12½-foot room seem larger.

     
  • mountain time

    A spectacular hillside just north of San Francisco inspired both the form and plan of this 4,000-square-foot house by the eponymous firm House + House Architects.

     
  • Good Form

    Three custom homes turn up the volumes.

     
  • a simple plan

    The interior of this Montecito, Calif., home, one of Smith's first commissions after returning from Europe, reveals his love for straightforward, almost minimal, forms.

     
  • on the boards/above the store

    Mixed-use development is perking up urban neighborhoods across the country, and the Hillcrest section of San Diego, Calif., will soon get its own sleek landmark based on the live/work model. The 30,000-square-foot project, designed by local firm Safdie Rabines Architects, will stand on a prominent...

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
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