A single story Modern Farmhouse design with high ceilings in every room

Palo Alto Modern Farmhouse

Our clients Jeff and Carolyn originally requested a design for a remodel plus addition for their single story ranch home in Palo Alto, and we happily provided them several options for same.

However, as is often the case with whole-house remodels, the tipping point at which a tear-down/new build made more sense than a remodel was quickly reached. Some of the primary triggers for this tipping point were as follows:

  • Desire for taller walls/more glass
  • Desire for taller ceilings
  • Desire to change exterior style
  • Desire for greater energy efficiency
  • Relocating window openings
  • Main roofline changes

A local builder with whom we are very familiar validated our recommendation that a new build would be about the same cost as a remodel. From a practical and financial standpoint, unless the existing envelope of the house is left largely intact, a complete rebuild will generally yield a better end result and a smoother construction process than a whole house remodel plus addition.

Jeff and Carolyn opted for a “Modern Farmhouse” design, which is all the rage in the Bay Area at the moment. By keeping the house single story, we were able to avoid Palo Alto’s lengthy design review process, and give the clients the high ceilings they craved in nearly every room.

Construction start is anticipated in early 2017.


  • Scope of Work: Demo of existing single story house on developed site. New construction to be single story, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 1 powder room house of 3,080.6 s.f. living area and 476.8 s.f. garage area.
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Project Cost: $1,000,001 – $1,500,000
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA


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