A complete redesign of a multi-level home with unique architectural challenges and opportunities

San Carlos Contemporary Addition/Remodel

The vast majority of the houses for which we are asked to design remodels are post-war ranch style homes, often built in housing tracts. As more clients embrace contemporary design, we find ourselves repeatedly considering the design challenge of turning a stylistically banal, inexpensively built structure into a new home reflecting today’s tastes.

This multi-level ranch home on a downsloping lot in the hills of San Carlos presented both architectural challenges and opportunities. The challenges were the dark interior and compartmentalized floor plans, as well as the nondescript exterior design. The opportunities lay in the tremendous bay views to the rear and the generous space enclosed by the existing envelope.

Our clients had both the vision and the resources to do a complete home makeover, and entrusted us with their project. Our response was a complete home makeover that maximized the value in the existing structure, while providing a revamped floor plan, interior and exterior finishes, all new building systems, and a visual identity in the homeowners’ preferred style.

Our design was carefully positioned to avoid triggering Design Review and a public hearing. Our scope of services included the complete redesign of a multi-level rear deck.


  • Project Year: 2016
  • Project Cost: $1,000,001 – $1,500,000
  • Location: San Carlos, CA



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