Ross, CA




A unique property with a hillside section already developed to include 3 tiny cabins and flat areas that included an outdated residence and yard space waiting for an energetic family to come and play, these clients again chose the lodge style to best represent their dream. The hillside cabins were detailed adding foundation and insulation were needed and then a hillside elevator was added to insure access to aging family members. The large sunny flat area was allocated to playfield and pool, and the new lodge house was tucked back against the base of the slope.

The lodge was divided into two design elements, one on either side of the entry, with master bedroom suite on the right and great room to the left. Upstairs the three kids were accommodated in generous bedroom each with views of the property and access to separate internal attic loft spaces. The Great Room opens out to the yard through multiple french doors and a unique “eyelid” dormer and matching transom window that highlights the design of both interior and exterior spaces. One special visual and structural trick was the creation of an interior vaulted ceiling concealed below the structure of the upper floor. The concern for excessive clutter in the open kitchen was accommodated through the creation of a rear corner Pantry with combined mud room, laundry and back-up kitchen elements so that all of the usual counter-top appliances could live conveniently and comfortable out of site.

This project was undertaken while David was Senior Design Associate at Polsky Architects in Larkspur.

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