A new home with traditional detailing and architectural forms

San Carlos Craftsman

Despite being one of the larger homes on the block, our design attempts to counter the trend towards “monster homes” by reintroducing traditional detailing and architectural forms. Painted cement fiber shingles, wood and fiberglass trim elements, and traditionally proportioned metal-clad wood windows help recall the Bay Region style with low maintenance materials. Varying plate heights and floor levels help break up the interior massing while providing a mix of interior ceiling heights and treatments.

The massing features two courtyards; a smaller one that brings light into to center of the house, creating an intimate conversation area, and a larger one facing the sunniest part of the rear yard for more active outdoor activities.

The interior design featured extensive wall and ceiling paneling, picture rails and wainscoting, all developed by Studio S Squared (some of which were eliminated by the contractor). The public spaces culiminate in a great room that opens onto the rear yard through three pairs of 8′ tall French doors with transoms above. The great room is the heart of the house, and features an open chef’s kitchen, 12′ coffered ceilings and windows on four exposures.


  • Scope of Work: New 4BR/3.5BA house of 2923 s.f. with 440 s.f. 2 car garage on a 5,000 s.f. lot in an established traditional neighborhood.
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Project Cost:  $750,001 – $1,000,000
  • Location: San Carlos, CA


Photography by Mark Pinkerton, VI360 Photography


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