The Cow Hollow Residence was an ambitious four-story remodel within a compact footprint. Enlarged windows on the Master Bedroom Level offer scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, and Alcatraz. A giant oak tree practically invades the Living Room and the other bedrooms below. Structural enhancement of the north façade was required to accommodate such pervasive use of glass. The project includes both horizontal and vertical expansion of the building envelope with three renovated bathrooms and one completely rebuilt kitchen.
This residential renovation allowed MH Architects the opportunity to explore large north-facing windows to harvest natural light and blend the interior with the surrounding exterior foliage. The stairway was deliberately kept open to promote a loft-like feel.
Punctuated by ample windows, this compact kitchen balances organized storage with circulation and flow. The natural material palette is characterized by soft earth tones that reflect the ample ambient light.
Photographer: Ken Gutmaker Photography
Photographer: Ken Gutmaker
Photographer: Ken Gutmaker
Nestled in a vineyard, a single-story guest house provides a study in finishes and design style for the future main house. The cobbled limestone exterior grounds the yellow cedar posts and beams framing two bedroom suites and a common area flowing out to a wrap-around porch.
Clusters of valley oak trees frame a single-story residence with 3 bedrooms. Kitchen cabinetry and extensive built-in furniture throughout are defined by well-executed custom millwork. A wrap-around deck and enclosed garden help engage the interior with the immediate surroundings.
A three-story residence with 5 bedrooms sits prominently on a vegetated hillside. Large windows, sliding glass doors, and stepped roof decks maximize the surrounding views. Entry, dining, and living areas are scaled to accommodate entertaining and hospitality events as required. A muted color pallet on board and batten siding balance contemporary style with rural vernacular.
A new three-story horizontal addition is intricately linked to the renovation of an existing two-story home in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. Features include a master bedroom suite, a family room, a ground floor guest room suite, and a wine storage room.
An extensive renovation of a one-story pool house includes interior and exterior rooms dedicated to group entertainment. Refined landscaping and large sliding glass doors dissolve the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces.
A residential interior remodel includes a master bedroom, master bathroom, master closet, and study. The earth-toned finish palette embraces a raw elegance for a couple’s innermost sanctum.
The removal of a structural wall provides flow between a new open kitchen with the greater living room and fireplace area. Located on the fourth floor of a 1963 building, the condominium interior finishes are refined and the free plan pays homage to commanding views of the San Francisco Bay.
Despite an expansive scale, the varied spaces of a two-story residence are woven tightly together with direct flow and “industrial farmhouse” aesthetic. The house takes advantage of its secluded site by connecting to the exterior with an outdoor kitchen, wrap-around porch, swimming pool patio, and clusters of floor-to-ceiling windows.
A modern concrete and glass structure houses the residents’ artistic lifestyle and affinity for the outdoors. Six-bedrooms, a library, and ceramics studio overlook views of a private lake and the surrounding wooded countryside.