Interior Design: Mansfield & O’Neil
Contractor: Floyd Construction
Photography: Paul Dyer
Home World Design
Desire to Inspire
Loved the location for 20 years, hated the house.
Our clients loved their location and were very satisfied with the size of their house located in a wooded hill-side setting of Larkspur; however, they hated the suburban twenty-year-old aesthetics, and were tired of its dark, dreary interiors. This complete remodel transformed the house into to a light-filled, open-plan jewel-box that now delights and matches the clients more modern sensibility. The focus of this project was to improve the quality of the space, not the quantity, allowing higher-grade materials while remaining budget conscious.
The three bedrooms remained in their original location, while the demising walls between the family, kitchen, living and dining were removed to create a cascading great room, allowing for hill views from all of these rooms that were previously blocked by a fireplace and closed-off floor plan.
New sliding doors allow access to the existing pool terrace, and a dramatic linear skylight, tracing a former central hallway, floods the interior of the house with daylight. A painted, rustic-wood wall distinguishes the private areas (laundry, study and bedrooms) from the public areas while adding textural interest. The exterior of the house utilizes a restrained palette, with natural wood soffits and generous windows allowing the house to blend into its wooded site, creating an updated Larkspur vibe.