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This modern nature retreat has resort like vibes in Northern California

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Butler Armsden Architects is responsible for the complete remodel of this modern nature retreat inspired to feel like a resort, located in Orinda, California. The challenge presented to the project team was how to completely reimagine a late 70s structure into the owner’s vision of a resort-like atmosphere.

The architect preserved the overall massing of the building, splitting the program into a main, public floor and a lower, more private floor, and worked to consolidate the clusters of windows on its facades into larger openings to frame the verdant surroundings. Continue below to see the rest of this amazing home designed for entertaining…

PROJECT DETAILS: ARCHITECT Butler Armsden Architects GENERAL CONTRACTOR Buestad Construction INTERIOR DESIGNER Katie Martinez Design

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Inside, the central tension was between creating a home whose spaces could be both large, for entertaining and hosting guests, and small, for cozier, more intimate gatherings. The main entry opens up onto a long great room, subdivided into living, dining, and kitchen spaces. Material finishes serve to both differentiate and unify the spaces.

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 Wood ceilings persist throughout the main spaces of this 7,300 square foot home, adding a sense of drama and height, and drawing the eye upward. The smaller rooms punctuate the natural, restrained material palette with colorful, rich textures.

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The owner’s art collection entered into the equation early on, allowing it to be fully integrated with the interiors, which were done by Katie Martinez Design. Many of the rooms are focused on art pieces, and even the finishes were treated as art in locations like the powder room, where a smoky gray finish covers the walls, cut through by drippings of copper-colored wax, by Caroline Lizarraga. 

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What We Love: After a complete refresh this creative-looking home now offers a resort-like feel while meeting a variety of lifestyle needs — from running their business to displaying their contemporary art collection to fostering creativity and play for their young daughters. Rugged materials are mixed with pops of color and custom touches to reflect the owners’ bold taste.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall aesthetics of this renovation project? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other spectacular Northern California home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign: Breathtaking modern ranch house overlooking Sonoma wine country and Warm and cozy mountain style farmhouse nestled in the Sierra Nevadas.

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Outside, an unusually placed pool in the front yard was embraced. The architects made modifications and created an entertaining area, complete with a tv, pizza oven, and heaters for the family to enjoy year-round. The home has everything the owners need and will serve as both a gathering space and a peaceful retreat for many years to come.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Fletcher & Peter Lyons

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