Sausalito Hillside Remodel In California, USA

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The transformation of this rather modest ranch-style abode from the 1940s into a comfortable, contemporary residence was achieved by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects. The project was completed in 2013, offers 3.888 square feet of living space and can be found on a hillside in Sausalito, California, USA.

The original roof was replaced with a brand new volume that is flooded with light throughout the day. The north side of the house features a few cascading garden terraces that form a wonderful entryway while allowing the front yard to be used as a private garden.

Since it was built on a sloping site, the residence is able to provide uninterrupted views of San Francisco Bay, which can be admired in full through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living areas. Other highlights include a simple wooden staircase that connects its different levels as well as a series of skylights.

From the architect:

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop transformed this two-unit 1940s ranch-style building into a serene, single-family retreat that captures sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Perched on a steeply sloping hillside in Sausalito, the house is nearly invisible from the street.

We replaced the original aggregation of roof shapes on the upper level with a simple, light-filled building volume. A cascading series of garden terraces creates an inviting entry sequence along the north side, allowing the original front-yard to be developed as a private garden.

Inside, floor to ceiling windows and generous ceiling heights allow the living spaces to flow uninterrupted from the lush backdrop of the hillside garden, to the broad panorama of the bay. As a result, the soaring view is grounded by a strong connection to the land.

Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Location: Sausalito, CA, United States
Design Team: Mary Griffin – FAIA, Stephan Hastrup – AIA, John Kleman
Area: 3888.0 ft2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Mathew Millman General
Contractor: Red Horse Constructors, Inc.
Landscape: ArchitectScott Lewis Landscape Architect
Contractor, Exterior Landscape Construction: Jeff King, Co.
Civil Engineer: ILS Associates, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Fratessa Forbes & Wong
Geotechnical Consultant: Miller Pacific Engineering Group

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