Sugarloaf Front Elevation

Location: Tiburon, CA
Program: Modernist home remodel
Area: 4280 sf
Images: James Leasure / MA+DS
Contractors: Filshie EnterprisesEndora Builders
Structural Engineer: WM Structural
Civil Engineer: DeBolt Civil Engineering
Interior Design: Martin Kobus Home

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This reimagining of a mid-century house enjoys 270 degree views from its hilltop perch in Marin County, CA. The original house was a tortured agglomeration of past structures and additions resulting in a second story literally built on the roof of the first story and multiple structural deficiencies. The mission was not just to restore, but to reinvent the home into the modernist architecture to which it aspired. 

The plan centers on a new two-story entry that anchors two asymmetrical wings. On axis with the front door and across the small foyer, the view to San Francisco is immediately on display. The view continues as the eye reflexively sweeps right to take in the dining room defined by a peninsula fireplace room divider. The modern kitchen and garage take the reminder of the first story wing. 

To the left, a hall leads past the staircase to a separate family room and guest rooms. Upstairs, the primary suite occupies one wing while, across a bridge that spans the front entry, two bedrooms and a bathroom complete the other wing. A future pool and detached ADU are planned to complete the composition. 

Architecture tells a story whether intentional or not. This project is the story of a confident and optimistic home, with two wings flanking, in a welcoming gesture, a core entry and living room. Its large windows frame inspiring views of the San Francisco Bay while generous roofs express both shelter and exuberance.