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Compact home gets renovated with midcentury curb appeal in Northern California

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Ana Williamson Architect in collaboration with Mediterraneo Design Build is responsible for the renovation of this compact home located in Menlo Park, California. The extensive remodel consisted of rethinking the interior layout by improving the overall flow to enhance connections to the outdoors and bring in as much daylight as possible. The property is comprised of 1,465 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The original house began its roots as a small 900 square foot cottage nestled on a 50’x100′ lot. This home was almost torn down, but instead, the architects saw its potential and decided to preserve the home and increase its footprint. Due to budget constraints, a single-story solution was achieved by reusing the existing foundation. The square footage was increased with an addition, creating a flexible indoor-outdoor living space.

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Plenty of environmentally conscious decisions went into making this “green” house comfortable, including bamboo flooring, Ecowood cabinets, Caesarstone counters, tankless water heater, and super high-efficiency HVAC system. The exterior facade is comprised of a smooth Hardie Plank painted in Graphite 1603 | Benjamin Moore. The eaves and the fascia are painted in Gunmetal 1602 | Benjamin Moore. The stucco is Timber Wolf 1600 | Benjamin Moore, while the door is Tequila Lime 2028-30 | Benjamin Moore, semi-gloss.

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Above: The Neutra House numbers are from Design Within Reach.

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Above: In the entryway, the bench and coat rack is custom made from a reclaimed beam from the house, Douglas fir.

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What We Love: This compact home offers plenty of curb appeal with its fantastic color scheme. A bright green door is ultra-inviting, opening into light-filled living spaces. An open and airy floor plan helps this small footprint to feel spacious. An outdoor deck helps to extend the living space with a seamless indoor/outdoor connection.

Tell Us: Do you find the overall layout of this renovated home to be functional and spacious enough for comfortable living? Tell us why or why not in the Comments below! 

Note: Have a look at another inspiring home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Ana Williamson Architect: Tour a warm and welcoming modern farmhouse family home in Menlo Park.

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Above: The pocket door between the dining and living areas was custom made to help with space constraints.

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Above: Helping to blur the boundaries between indoors and out is accordion bi-fold doors by La Cantina. The wall paint color is China White by Benjamin Moore. Above the dining table, the Globe pendant lights are from West Elm.

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Above: The deck is composed of Accoya wood.

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Above: The windows are Pella with a metal-clad exterior and a pinewood interior. The painting above the fireplace is by local San Francisco Bay area artist, Gail Ragains.

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Above: The kitchen cabinets are Douglas Fir by Eco-Wood. Flooring is strand bamboo by Plyboo.

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Photos: Dasja Dolan Photography

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Cynthia A
6 months ago

This is such a beautiful reno. I am curious to know exactly what type of Hardieboard was used? The boards look much wider than any Hardie I have seen anywhere else. Thanks!