Crome provided concept and schematic design services, planning and pre-construction services, permit/construction drawings and construction administration.
The project site sits on a hillside in Tiburon overlooking the San Francisco Bay with views toward the Richmond/San Rafael bridge.
The existing 3-story residence was built in the 1970’s and had not been properly updated in it’s lifetime. The home had not been situated to take advantage of the spectacular views nor had it been efficiently laid out.
The original brief for the renovation was the brighten up the dark, cave-like entry area, open up the main stair and foyer, and to re-orient the top floor living, dining, kitchen and master suite to take advantage of the views.
The renovation turned into an almost complete re-build of the home, leaving only the floor plates and some exterior structural walls. The extent of the re-build allowed for extensive new floor to ceiling windows and doors in the living/dining area. A sculptural steel and wood stair was designed to become the focal point of the entry foyer, and double height glazing adjacent to the stair brought views of the bay into the entry, including a small living roof.
The previously small, enclosed kitchen was opened to the stair volume, utilizing the same double height windows to proved views from the kitchen to the Bay on one side, and framing views of a Heritage Oak on the other. Walls were also removed to provide a free flowing spatial connection between all areas of the upper floor.
A new deck was cantilevered off of the top floor living area providing tree top views and functional space for lounging outdoors. The cantilevered deck was also connected to the yard, 2 stories below, by a spiral stair.
A new exterior living room, complete with spa, fireplace, lounging and dining areas, and outdoor kitchen was also provided off of the top floor family room, completing the indoor/outdoor feel.