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Ranch house renovation with stunning views: Marin Bungalow

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Marin Bungalow is a 1950’s ranch house renovation by Feldman Architecture, perched on a hill in Tiburon with sweeping views of Richardson Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, California. This stunning residence had a casual charm and great potential. Even though it was tiny by neighboring standards, its prime location helped the architects to see an opportunity to create a striking space, worthy of the spectacular views.

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Sensitive to the neighbors’ views, expansion of the house was limited to the existing envelope.  Also presenting a challenge was the awkward floor plan without a formal entry space or a master suite.  The firm expanded the living spaces into the garage to create a new front door and entry, as well as a master suite with South facing windows that capture the Golden Gate views.  Interior walls were removed to create a more open floor plan with a larger kitchen and dining room, plus the addition of a family room and separate laundry room.  The south facade was opened up to the backyard and the views with new windows and doors which also maximize the natural light in the formerly dark spaces.

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The interiors received a contemporary facelift with a palette of mostly whites and light woods to keep the small house feel light, bright, and airy.  The owner’s furniture and styling nicely complemented the house’s fresh new look. Custom metal sunshades were added to the South façade to shade the back deck while maintaining maximum views to the Bay.

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Photos: Paul Dyer

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