Hillside Home in Tiburon: Marin Bungalow by Feldman Architecture

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This hillside home in Tiburon, California, has terrific views of Richardson Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge; despite being one of the smaller houses in its neighborhood, it also packs plenty of casual charm. When the owners wanted to expand their “viewing space,” they knew it could be a tricky proposition: they didn’t want to obscure any of their neighbors’ sight lines in the process. That’s when they called on Feldman Architecture to help give them an environment worthy of the truly spectacular vista. Keeping the expansion limited to the already existing “envelope” for the house was one challenge; another was a somewhat awkward floor plan that lacked either a formal entry space or a master suite. The solution? Expand living space into the garage.

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This created a new front door and entry and enabled the owners to have a master suite with both great views of the Bridge and a luxurious en-suite bath. Removing some interior walls helped to create an open-plan layout, enlarging the kitchen and dining room and adding both a family room and separate laundry room, with new windows and doors for natural light in formerly dark spaces. The palette is clean white and light-toned woods, with accents of dark granite and lime green; casual wicker furniture and a well-placed umbrella give the back deck comfort and convenience, while custom metal shades help give the interior both privacy and shade. It may be tiny, but this Marin bungalow design makes the absolute most of the space — and the panorama of a great location.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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