Semi-rural remodel and addition 500 sf. Unfinished basement development
Property is located in a steep sloped lot in the hills of Hillsborough and was originally remodeled in 1970's. At that time, the architect left a large and tall basement with a massive wall towards the back of the wooded lot. The owner wanted a new guest quarters, a multi-use projection/playroom and an indoor vertical circulation.
To address the visual weight of the high blind wall, the decision was to add a new volume to the staggered back façade to break up the extended surface and bring some movement to the general mass. An internal spiral stairs accomplished the purpose, treating the stairwell with large openings to bring in more light and preserve the view from the existing kitchen and living room to the beautiful outdoors of the property.
The basement was developed to house the multi-use room and in-law quarters with a large deck and volumes matching the architectural masses and openings of the original building in order to bring coherence and integration to the resulting residence.