A contemporary exterior palette with traditional rooflines

Menlo Park Contemporary Ranch II

On a highly unusual 41.3′ x 250′ corner lot in Menlo Park, the design of this project required a Planning variance to build a house wider than 19′. Our design proposed a house of 22′ in maximum width, 3′ narrower than the maximum width of the 2 story house on the identically-sized lot across the street which was given a variance in the mid 1990’s.

By blending a contemporary exterior palette with more traditional rooflines and highly articulated massing, our design reflects our young clients’ aesthetic while offering a silhouette compatible with the older homes nearby.

The design complies with all other zoning regulations but for the width request.

Despite some neighborhood opposition owing partially to the narrow width of the street on which it fronts, the project was approved after two public hearings at the Menlo Park Planning Commission, and construction start is anticipated in summer 2017.


  • Scope of Work: Demolish an existing single story residence and build a two story over full basement, 4 BR 5.5 BA single family residence with 3,116.9 new living s.f. above grade on a 10,335 s.f. lot with a new garage of 515.6 s.f. totaling 3,632.5 s.f. The residence also includes a habitable basement of 1,713 s.f.
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Project Cost: $1,500,001 – $2,000,000
  • Location: Menlo Park, CA


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