Concrete is the material off choice on the inside with the three inimitable curved ceiling structures in raw concrete standing in contrast to the polished concrete floor. The repetitive concrete ‘vaults’ capture the Northern sunlight beautifully and fill the interior with bright daylight.
Taking cues from local architecture and the buildings cherished past the was designed by Walker Warner Architects to create a bridge between two different eras. The exterior of the house and its overall silhouette mimic the form of a classic residence that is all too common in this part of California.
With the stairway clearly delineating the second level into the living area on one side and the kitchen and dining on the other the need for additional internal partitions has been completely done away with.
It is the wooden balcony and the stained cedar-clad walls on the upper level that give a certain amount of contrast to an otherwise monochromatic street façade. Keeping out noise and unnecessary intrusions the basement home office towards the south corner of the house lets the homeowners work in peace.
Moving from a small condo in the busy Market Street to a more tranquil contemporary home in the West Plaza neighborhood of the homeowners of wanted a residence that has the appeal of a loft.
The cheerful white and wood color palette is continued in the bedrooms and bathrooms as well with industrial style lighting indoor plants and modern décor adding a hint of color. Leaving much of the living space open and keeping the furniture additions down to a bare minimum the revamped loft feels both spacious and cozy even while reminding us of its historic past.