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A California ranch-style home gets update for fabulous curb appeal

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ODS Architecture has renovated an existing ranch-style home with cedar wood and stucco siding, and a metal roof, located in Kensington, California. Nestled on top of Eagle Hill, this dwelling showcases spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. The scope of this project entailed two phases to the remodel. The first phase opened the ceilings up to the vaulted shape, exposing the main roof framing and expanding the interior volume. The kitchen was also reimagined.

In the second phase, the rest of the residence was updated. This included the addition of a new entry pop-up and front yard landscaping along with concrete stairs and driveway, new glass railings on the existing deck, and converting the family room into a new master bedroom suite which required excavation into the hill to carve out space for a master bath and walk-in closet. In this phase, the upper floor was also redone along with a new gas fireplace and stairs with glass railings down to the lower level.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE ODS Architecture GENERAL CONTRACTOR Live Oaks Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALLATION Fiddlehead Gardens

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Above: Stepping inside the new entry addition of this California ranch-style home, silver aluminum Fleetwood windows and an orange-red door welcome. A wood bench sits by the front door under an LED-lit art niche. Above is a striking LED pendant light.

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Above: The newly landscaped front yard features drought-resistant plants and artificial grass with new cedar siding and metal roofing. 

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Above: From the front entry, one sees the living room with its expansive windows framing dramatic views of the San Francisco Bay. The eight-foot ceilings were opened up with vaulting and steel beam reinforcing. 

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Above: At the core of this home, the existing staircase was updated to an open stair with a glass and wood railing. Walnut trim and details frame the stair including a vertical slat wood screen.

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Above: In the living room, the newly vaulted ceiling and expansive windows capture views of the San Francisco Bay with see-through glass railings.

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Above: Providing a central focal point to this open space is the stone-clad gas fireplace that wraps into a walnut staircase that wraps into the stair railing. Oak flooring complements the cedar planks on the vaulted ceiling.

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Above: This open and airy kitchen showcases fabulous views and plenty of counter space. Walnut cabinets are topped with durable Caesarstone, complimenting the Thermador appliances. A sculptural backsplash tile provides the finishing touch.

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Above: A unique accordion wood expanding dining table and Scandinavian chairs were designed by Hans Wegner. Fleetwood sliding doors and operable windows complete the space.

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Above: Outside, enjoy alfresco dining on the ipe wood deck with a clear tempered glass guardrail and stainless steel cap.

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Above: A new family room was created with large pocket doors allowing it to be opened or closed off to contain noise. The existing staircase was updated with new wood treads, glass guardrails, and walnut caps.

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What We Love: This California ranch-style home was remodeled to enhance the strong elements while developing a complementary aesthetic within the constraints of the original dwelling. There was a lot of editing on this project to improve upon what already existed, especially when it came to capturing the views of the San Francisco Bay. The architect did a fabulous job of maximizing space was excavating below and behind the house, being mindful not to block neighboring views.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on this renovation project? Are there any updates you would have liked to have seen done differently? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the San Francisco Bay Area: A San Francisco home inspired by modernist Scandinavian architecture and Contemporary dream pad boasts sweeping views over San Francisco Bay.

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Above: In the guest bath you will find a horizontal quarter-sawn white oak vanity, polished chrome finger pulls and an integrated Corian sink and countertop. The wall-mounted faucet is stainless steel.

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Above: A basement family room was excavated and expanded into the hillside to produce a spacious bedroom suite. A private deck was constructed as an inviting space to enjoy fabulous views and a hot tub. Sliding glass doors by Fleetwood connect the bedroom to the deck and view. A built-in headboard cabinet provides plenty of storage and adjustable swing arm lamps for reading.

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Above: The main bathroom was excavated into the crawlspace hillside behind the house. Highlights of this space include a walnut floating vanity with chrome pulls by Linnea, Corian countertop and backsplash with integrated sinks, Graff faucets, and mirrors with touch latch medicine cabinets. A vessel tub by Badeloft with a Graff tub filler faces a built-in TV.

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Above: In this bedroom hallway, a floating wall-mounted walnut storage cabinet sits below a dramatic art piece.

BEFORE THE RENOVATION

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PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Dyer Photography

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