By modernizing the space, flow, and detailing of this 1960’s home, while also enhancing the textural values of the original design, we were able to breathe new life back into this beautifully sited Mid-Century modern home. The addition of color, complex spaces, and compound shapes brings a new modern relevance to the original simplicity of the Mid-Century design.
Utilizing the idea of reinventing rather than remodeling, this space was stripped of its heavily textured walls, terracotta floors, and overbearing use of rustic wood and then replaced with a clean and open space that would cast light and views throughout. The heavy timber beams were left in place and enhanced by the clean white walls and floors. Existing wood posts were cloaked in triangulating white forms, and a fireplace floats in the middle of the space, both heating and entertaining the whole floor.
A visual transformation turning an existing White Castle-looking structure into a residential sculpture. Strong expressive forms create a dynamic statement of privacy from the street side. The Cor-ten steel door and cantilevered stainless steel deck define the entry. Solidity and weight reinforce the transition from the hectic outside world to the serene yet dynamic internal space. Sculpting the exterior, windows are located to capture valued treetop views of Hollywood Hills. Sunlight washes across walls, floors, and ceilings to emit a balanced light, creating a calm, soft, internal space well sheltered from the outside world. Angled and sloped interior walls promote a dynamic spatial flow between the internal spaces.
Working within the existing shell of an untouched and unmaintained 1920’s San Francisco row house, our clients tasked us with opening up the interior and transforming the space into a light and bright, modern and minimalist environment. First we positioned a new staircase in the center of the home to reorganize the flow of the space and topped this with a full-length skylight, feeding natural light in to the kitchen, dining, and living areas. We then opened up the walls, allowing for an open plan environment and a great balance of natural light, plus views of the beautiful church across the street. The interior finishes were kept simple and minimal to become a backdrop for this young and growing family.
By adding a full wall of sliding glass doors in this compact Healdsburg cottage, what was once a cramped, dark kitchen-dining area is now a bright and open indoor-outdoor living space. The new kitchen, which focuses on simple, clean, white, and light features, is orientated to open into the living area, dining area, and outdoor deck. A modern see-through fireplace is positioned to be enjoyed by all areas of the living space and is highlighted by a new skylight above. The elegant new space is then embellished with a steel plate & mirror shelving unit, on-wall wine storage (this is Healdsburg!), and pendant lighting fixtures dotting the ceiling.
Starting with an existing home with multiple issues, we made numerous small changes throughout. Angled lines were used throughout to create dimension and coherence. The living level stairwell which closed and divided the space was opened up, which gave it some shape and turned it into a sculptural centerpiece. Walls and ceilings were brightened by skim coating the existing drywall and painting them super white. Rich, bright color was added selectively with walls, carpets, and furniture. New lighting was used throughout the space to highlight the updated and existing elements alike. The exciting home was turned from a dated, dark, and cluttered series of spaces to a modernized, bright, and exciting home for the young family to display their artwork collection.
The recently completed staircase and wall-mounted kitchen shelves were added into a newly remodeled home in San Francisco. To create a light sculptural statement while allowing sunlight to penetrate down the four flights of stairs, we used white painted, 1/4" thick, steel plates for the treads and railing, then embellished the steps and handrail with a rich wood finish. The steel origami structure ribbons its way up the 4-story staircase, keeping the stairwell light and bright and adding a sculptural centerpiece at each level. Designed by Couture Architecture and meticulously fabricated by Wyatt Studios.
A tightly confined attic master suite was opened up with glass, skylights and sun. The master suite remodel to this Sausalito Victorian included adding a continuous ridge skylight and opening up the space to the sky and the extraordinary San Francisco Bay views. An open shower and bathtub leaves this small master bathroom feeling open and spacious. While soaking in the tub you can take in the greens of the glass tile walls, the blues of the sky and San Francisco Bay, and the warm wood tones of the floor and vanity cabinets.
Sausalito Chef House
The kitchen location in this Sausalito home was originally walled off from the fabulous bay views and the living spaces. The owners loved to cook while entertaining friends and family, so we removed the interior walls and opened up the exterior walls to access the expansive views of the bay and new deck. The highly textured kitchen finishes use modern detailing while bringing in cues of craftsmanship through colors and materials from the rest of the home. The custom designed staircase adds dimension without compromising the open-floor feel. Well used and well loved, this kitchen, dining room, and deck are designed for casual comfort.
Starting with a soulless house on a beautiful site, we stripped out the ‘70’s and the ‘80’s and created a whole new interior experience. By reshaping the interior spaces and opening up the exterior walls to the views and light, the house was given an updated personality and a useful purpose. Rich and subtle materials were meticulously detailed to wrap every surface and capture the newly found interior sunlight.
Details have the ability to soothe, excite, surprise, and amaze. They are the essential part of any home. One should be able focus on any part of a project and see a beautifully composed and crafted detail that links the materials and surfaces together into one seamless space.
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously once said “It’s the not the Destination, It's the journey.” The process of breathing new life into a project is our passion, and as amazing as the final product is, the steps to get there are just as exciting. From a custom-fabricated kitchen island inspired by Lamborghini to the design and build of a new multi-family building in SOMA, here is a look into what goes on behind the scenes at Couture Architecture...