Rendering: JLA

La Senda Residence
Radical remodel of a late, 1960’s rancher.

This existing Hillsborough house had an amazing hillside view, reached by a long downslope driveway. However, the house was in terrible shape and had a difficult, reverse plan layout with no visible front door. Keeping the existing footprint, we completely re-conceptualized and transformed it into a five bedroom, five bathroom house.

Now, a new parking court with front door clearly distinguishes the entry, which is further emphasized by the new staircase. Seamlessly integrated into the foyer, the stairs capture views of the valley, encouraging guests to explore the house. The first level is comprised of sleeping quarters and a study. The second level is dedicated to entertaining with formal living and dining spaces, a great room with open kitchen, and guest quarters. Large balconies extend rooms, providing ample outdoor space. Below the first floor, a former crawl space will be fully excavated to gain a rec room that will open directly onto a pool area, and second guest quarters.

The design transforms a mundane rancher into an architectural gem and was fully supported by the ARB of Hillsborough.