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Historically preserved creekside retreat by Richardson Architects

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Creekside Retreat was recently purchased by a family of four and historically preserved and redesigned by Richardson Architects, nestled in a redwood grove in Mill Valley, California.

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Originally built in 1954 on a gently upsloping lot bordered by a creek, its most distinctive site feature is an old wooden bridge over the creek and the rock walls which carve paths through the site.

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The client was interested in maintaining the residence’s historic character while updating it for today’s living standards and code requirements. This required adding more natural light with larger windows and skylights as well as adding a partial second story for a master suite.

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Maintaining the wood exterior and mullion patterns of the existing windows settles the addition into the landscape as an example of a very light effect to a sensitive site.

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Photos: Jeff Zaruba

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