Two levels¬†tied together with a dramatic architectural “ribbon”

Kentfield Modern Ranch Remodel

We took on our first project in Marin County for a developer client with a predilection for contemporary architecture.

Having purchased a 1950’s ranch home on a corner lot in the leafy town of Kentfield, our client gave us the assignment of transforming the floor plan and exterior of the house by way of a 2nd floor addition.

Our design adds a mere 80 s.f. to the existing ground floor, while adding four bedrooms and 2 baths in a new 2nd floor. Additional 2nd floor area is utilized to create a double height family room and foyer. A dramatic bridge ties the four bedrooms together and looks down into both of these double height spaces. The master suite combines 3 existing ground floor bedrooms to create a generous sleeping area, luxurious walk in closet, and a large master bath with a floor-ceiling glass wall opening on to a lush “secret garden.”

The two levels are tied together by means of an architectural “ribbon” which creates by turns, an entry portal, front courtyard, covered balconies, and integral planter boxes.

Our client sold her lot with our approved design to a subsequent developer, who retained our floor plan, but unfortunately stripped away the unique exterior design aspects of the project in an effort to save costs.



  • Project Year: 2014
  • Project Cost:¬†$500,001 – $750,000
  • Location: Kentfield, CA


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