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Designer Profile: Lights and fabrics to brighten your home this spring

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:48:33 UT

Designer Suzanne Tucker, co-founder of San Francisco’s Tucker & Marks Design, recently launched new designs and finishes to her outdoor furniture line. The weatherproof finishes are dyed to mimic the random color schemes inherent to real wicker. A sofa, coffee table, dining table and ottoman are among the Riviera’s furniture selections. In addition to operating a design firm and launching her own product lines, Tucker also lectures on incorporating antiques, textiles, decorative arts and various finishes within a home. Pablo, maker of some of most sought-after modern light fixtures in San Francisco and beyond, offers a solution in the form of an LED lantern with surround sound speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. The UMA Sound Lantern debuted last year and already earned a myriad of awards including Azure Magazine People’s Choice Award, the 2016 Good Design Award Australia and the 2017 German Design Award. Venezuelan-born industrial engineer Pablo Pardo founded his namesake firm in 1993, and the brand continues to turn heads and win acclaim for its innovative designs that marry artistry and functionality. The Solis Drum Pendant features laser-cut polyester fabric joined by aluminum rings, allowing the shade to hang under tension. An LED dome diffuser spans the diameter of the top ring, radiating light down and sideways to cast shimmering warm patterns wherever it’s placed.



Palatial playground surroundedby vineyard views in Ukiah

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:45:43 UT

[...] a distance from the city keeps the region private, yet accessible to Bay Area residents searching for a low-key hideaway. The Ukiah Municipal Airport is a few minutes away, offering executive aircraft a convenient spot to touch down for a weekend getaway. For those who like to cook, the home offers a superlative indoor chef’s kitchen, as well as a sheltered patio with a built-in grill and pizza oven outside. The angular footprint bows the home toward the driveway, and the front door stands within a shady portico. The same material palette is used along the rear facade with wraparound decks overlooking the pool and spa. Skylights and tall windows brighten a living area that opens into an open kitchen with stone counters, integrated appliances and a cooktop built into an alcove. Anchoring the far end of this level is the master suite, a getaway defined by a walk-in closet and spa bathroom with jetted tub. Abundant built-ins like ceiling speakers, a bar counter and another gas fireplace await in a sprawling game room that opens to a view deck with the outdoor kitchen. Organic agriculture plays a prominent role in Ukiah, but the region’s fruits and vegetables aren’t all that wind up on menus. Of the 17,000 acres of vineyards in Mendocino County, roughly a quarter of them grow certified organic grapes.



Getaway: Floor-to-ceiling luxury awaits in 36th floor penthouse above Las Vegas Strip

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:43:48 UT

[...] meticulous planning earned Veer Towers gold certification from Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. A split-level floor plan separates the bedroom suites, affording considerable privacy in the contemporary building. Towers in the middle of a desert do not receive much protection from the sun, so designers focused their efforts on absorbing and deflecting light. Yellow screens peppered across the building’s eastern, southern and western facades combat the sun while providing the towers with a dramatic checkerboard aesthetic. The permeable layer helps cool the buildings by allowing heat to escape, while natural light provides most of the illumination necessary. No ‘theming’ but architecture based on urban responsibility, functional efficiency, simple and elegant form, technical refinement and environmental responsibility. World-class dining and entertainment await on all sides and the unit’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame 270-degree views. Gaggenau appliances outfit the chef’s kitchen as sandstone flooring spans the residence. Each bedroom within the split-level floor plan includes an en suite spa bathroom and the penthouse includes a powder room as well.




Luxury NoPa penthouse boasts expansive terrace

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:27:55 UT

“The NoPa achieves a new level of modern sophistication and urban luxury in one of San Francisco’s most coveted neighborhoods,” said Bernie Katzmann of Vanguard Properties, who is co-listing the penthouse at 1811 Turk St. with fellow Vanguard agent Mike Shaw. Dolomite counters and slab backsplashes soften the stainless steel appliances. The robust stone provides visual punch against the sleek, shiny white cabinetry. A 20-inch-deep soaking tub is in the penthouse’s other bathroom, ensuring that guests experience luxurious amenities as well. The listing includes parking and bicycle storage, as well as solar panels and in-unit laundry. Cat-6 wiring supports the security system and audiovisual components, while a gas fire pit calls for company on cold nights — especially when music wafting from the deck’s speakers sets the mood. Natural light provides much of the home’s illumination, though designer fixtures teeming with LEDs await their opportunity to shine. Wide tiles lining the terrace underscore the abundance of private outdoor space. The bustling community of boutiques, commuters, tech workers and plenty of dining spots surrounds the Divisadero Corridor. Features: A wraparound deck awaits on three sides of this two-bedroom penthouse crowning a chic and sunny seven-unit development in NoPa. Located in the Divisadero Corridor near Alamo Square Park’s Painted Ladies, public transportation, boutique shops and plenty of dining spots. The penthouse’s 38-foot-wide deck offers landmark vistas beside built-in planter boxes and a gas fire pit.




Designer Profile: Conrad Asturi Studios, Inc.

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:21:20 UT

The designers, owners of a boutique firm that’s a hybrid of their last names (Conrad Asturi Studios) share the mind-set that the biggest regrets stem from not taking a chance. “Failing means you’re trying,” said Sanchez, a designer with more than three decades of experience and a portfolio teeming with high-end construction. The team recently began a project in Malibu, a market both men were eager to enter. In this chat with SFisHomes, Sanchez and Asturi talk about their influences, their approach and how they avoid becoming complacent. Where’s your favorite place to design? A: (Sanchez) I love working in Pebble Beach, but there’s not a lot of competition with designers challenging each other out there. (Asturi) When we’re working in Malibu we’ll team up with firms that handle the local permits and nuances. There’s a restaurant renovation in the Camarillo Airport in Ventura County and we’re doing a project in Sonoma for a doctor. There’s also a restaurant in Ripon and a spot at a country club in Turlock. (Asturi) There’s also the project in Malibu, which is really exciting. Malibu’s weather really allows us to expand on the indoor-outdoor design concept. The family connection helped draw Conrad Sanchez to the design world, as did works by Luis Barragan, Ron Mann, Bernard Maybeck, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van der Rohe. Father and son worked together on occasion, with impressive results. Sanchez’s contributions to hospitality design include a winery’s tasting room and an Aston Martin showroom. A student of modern design, Sanchez makes it a mission to keep his creations bright, warm and welcoming. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s architecture program, Asturi brings 15 years’ experience along with a passion for design. On top of providing designs, Asturi coordinates logistics with various professionals involved with completing a project. Like Sanchez, Asturi cherishes their opportunities in Pebble Beach and Wine Country, and the pair expect to build down in Malibu shortly.



Tiburon bayfront home a homage to Japanese architecture

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:24:48 UT

Set at the northeastern edge of Tiburon’s peninsula overlooking San Francisco Bay, a striking display of Japanese architecture overlooks boat slips and the sea. Alfred Klyce, a fourth generation Mill Valley architect who trained in Japan, designed 225 Martinique Ave., a four-bedroom revolving around an open-air courtyard. A raised entryway past the pocket doors serves as the official entrance to the house, with a tiled section beside the sliding panels is for depositing shoes before coming inside. Japanese temple builder Hiroshi Sakaguchi of Ki Arts in Occidental designed the gate, employing traditional no-nail construction with exacting precision. Sakaguchi’s craftsmanship extends into the front yard, where sliding pocket doors fashion a traditional front door. Other elements of Asian architecture — specifically, the Chinese philosophy of feng shui — embed themselves into the home. The tall, narrow hallway makes two turns before arriving in the public area. Here, the kitchen, family, dining and media rooms all access the courtyard through sliding glass panels. A northern orientation frames views down the boating slips, beyond the home’s waterfront expansive deck. Four-bedroom, three-bathroom bayfront home in Tiburon’s Paradise Cay neighborhood. Japanese architectural details permeate the construction perched atop bedrock and staring down the length of the channel.



Russian Hill condo ‘built for everyday living’

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:23:49 UT

Steps from Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and North Beach, the community bordered by Cow Hollow and the Marina District stands out as one of the city’s premier destinations for tourists and residents alike. Box-beam ceilings, refinished oak flooring and handmade moldings speak to the Edwardian aesthetic as Restoration Hardware light fixtures and a Nest thermostat cater to the modern motif. Wainscoting, balustrades and coffered doors evidence craftsmanship found throughout a condo occupying the home’s middle level. The house features three bedrooms, though its flexible design allows the formal living room to serve as a fourth. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a living room warmed by a wood-burning fireplace nestled within a handsome mantlepiece. An open, inviting layout accented with Ann Sacks tiles and white Zodiac marble includes a six-burner Thermador cooktop and various professional inclusions. The kitchen, in tandem with the adjacent open living and dining area, serves as center stage inside the remodeled flat. A tiled floor spans the kitchen as walls of solarium windows frame landmark and bay vistas. Custom cabinets, media storage and a wine fridge speak to convenient living, but the incredible views will captivate you. Coved ceilings, wainscoting and plaster medallions offer a traditional contrast to contemporary amenities like professional kitchen appliances and Restoration Hardware finishes.



Getaway:

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:23:21 UT

Stacked stone and patina steel surround the tranquil courtyard with a fountain and fire box. A built-in barbecue grill stands beside a rustic plank table that seats a dozen. Designed by architects Conrad Sanchez and Eden Asturi of Conrad Asturi Studios, 2955 Stevenson Drive boasts a rich material palette amid world-class amenities. Carrera marble makes up a striking vanity in the spa caliber master bathroom with glass tiles lining a walk-in shower. Like the great room, the serene master suite opens to the courtyard through sliding glass panels. “One thing about Pebble Beach, you definitely have to have a fireplace because it gets cold and foggy,” said Rebecca Kmiec, an independent photographer who assists the architectural firm behind the home with its marketing. Designed by architect Conrad Sanchez and Eden Asturi of Conrad Asturi Studios, this three-bedroom embraces a modern rustic aesthetic with an open floor plan and stuccoed hearth. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the great room open to a spacious courtyard offering a fire box and sheltered sleeping area. The chef’s eat-in kitchen revolves around a honed limestone island and features marble counters and stainless steel appliances.




11 amazing treehouse designs

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:00:00 UT




14 fantastic ideas for finished attics

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:00:00 UT

With a few home improvement projects, the attic can become a fun place for adults (or kids) to hang out in.




10 new lakefront condos hit market at Lake Tahoe

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:02:18 UT

A flurry of construction and redevelopment in north Kings Beach has brought better roads, more retail and the Tahoe Beachfront Residences, 10 lakefront condos just released to the market. Dale Cox Architecture designed the townhomes, GLA Morris served as general contractor and Marti McElhinney of the Open Door handled the interior. Ten units with lake views, open floor plans and designer finishes sprang from this collaboration. Coffered wall panels establish a Craftsman or farmhouse element in the great room anchored by a chef’s kitchen with Thermador appliances. Turn to the home’s two gas fireplaces and three heating zones to stay cozy on windy winter nights. Sunlight kisses the suite’s gabled and picture windows while illuminating the spa bathroom’s walk-in rain head shower and soaking tub. A laundry room on the entry level serves as a place to shed snowy or sandy accessories before unwinding upstairs. A homeowners association tends to the development obsessively, and the continuous maintenance commonly associated with a vacation home isn’t a concern for Tahoe Beachfront residents. Grill, mingle around a fire pit, sip on something at the bar or simply lie in a beach chair with a book as the lapping waves provide the soundtrack.




Opulent Victorian a snapshot of historic San Francisco

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 19:04:45 UT

The Page Street residence falls under the “Stick Style” classification of Victorian architecture. Dual oak doors rest within the porch and grant entry to the ornate interior. Multiple layers of crown molding wrap around rooms graced by sconces, chandeliers, ceiling medallions, stained glass and stencil work. Cordovan-hued redwood and Douglas fir flooring spans an interior composed of traditional and contemporary spaces. Combining the existing kitchen and adjacent den results in an open, airy cooking space revolving around a massive island with bar seating. Originally a grand ballroom, the lower level’s expansive dimensions enable the space to serve any number of functions. Set on top of the detached two-car garage, the deck gives residents a relaxing space for al fresco dining, stargazing and watching over Hayes Valley any hour of the day. Traditional finishes including wainscoting and basket-weave porcelain tiles await in the three full bathrooms and powder room. A wall-mounted reading light lingers above the bathroom’s freestanding soaking tub. Retire to the master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a period medicine cabinet and marble sink. Sunlight filters through a stained glass window, draping the room with gentle hues. [...] Victorian grandeur awaits in the formal dining room, an opulent space that easily accommodates a party of 20. Coffered wainscoting, a built-in china cabinet, a serving station, and a hand-crafted sideboard finish the elegant space punctuated by gold leaf cornices. Located a few blocks north of Market Street and a block west of Octavia Street, the home rests near a wealth of shopping, dining, and transportation options. The four-bedroom boasts more than 6,900 square feet of living space and includes a remodeled kitchen, a full floor attic serviced by a dumbwaiter, a partially covered patio and a grand ballroom.




Dramatic luxury home in Sonoma features private observatory for stargazing

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:56:04 UT

If said architect happens to also enjoy stargazing, then the result is 5340 Grove St. in Sonoma — a dramatic luxury residence punctuated by an observatory with a professional telescope. The abundant use of glass and outdoor spaces off both levels ensure an airy, open ambience. A COR-TEN steel gate stands guard in front of the meandering driveway — the metal’s deep patina and bulky design complementing the trunks of mature trees peppered across the landscape. A series of retaining walls formed from stacked stones descend the hillside and serve as an accent finish. Hillside homes routinely embrace reverse floor plans, which place the public rooms on a level higher than the bedrooms. Reveal baseboards, the extensive use of natural light and plenty of outdoor accessibility grant the great room a decidedly modern aesthetic. While one side of the room features floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to the view deck, gallery walls anchor the opposite end. A placid master suite offers privacy within an already secluded locale. Rural surroundings ensure city lights don’t obscure the stars, and the crisp air provides no shortage of clear nights. The picturesque listing offers vistas of Mount Diablo and San Pablo Bay from a plethora of inviting rooms and open outdoor spaces. Stacked stone, eaves jutting out parallel to the ground and floor-to-ceiling windows fashion the contemporary’s exterior. The rolling landscape beyond the home includes a lap pool and a guest house with observatory.




Builders create 'incredibly sexy' Piedmont oasis

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:42:55 UT

Bay Area architect Bennett Christopherson designed the home with Robert Farnsworth, a structural engineer and inventor, in the early 1970s. The efforts of the original builders, combined with the investment from the most recent residents, yields a seductive, light-filled retreat offering indoor/outdoor living amid modern finishes. Exterior spaces lined with slate tiles evoke the elements as the patio contains a cast concrete water feature and a gas fire pit warms the view deck. The open kitchen comes equipped with a wine refrigerator, a Viking range, a Miele oven and an espresso maker, A colorful mosaic tile backsplash complements the kitchen’s bamboo cabinetry, display shelving and low-voltage lighting. Usable square footage awaits under the home, allowing an intrepid owner to develop a storage space or bonus room. From its perch atop a stony ridge peppered with evergreens, the dramatic contemporary relies on ingenious engineering to maximize its western outlooks. [...] given the home’s soaring perspective of the landscape below, it only makes sense that 99 Somerset Road in Piedmont includes a custom-built bird enclosure. Bay Area architect Bennett Christopherson designed the home with Robert Farnsworth, a structural engineer and inventor. Together, the pair erected the home atop piers plunged 20 feet deep, allowing dramatic western views from the hillside construction. The current owners invested more than half a million dollars in the form of high-end appliances, designer windows and custom cabinetry.




Plant a cool-season vegetable garden

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:00:00 UT

Just because the vegetables and fruits of summer are long gone, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a whole new crop of fall and winter veggies grown at home.