The California Spanish Style Home is modernized with this 2100 sqft. residential remodel. Inspired by the layout of traditional California missions, this single story home is designed with one breathtaking centralized space. During the construction, the crawl space of the foundation was lowered to create 12 foot tall ceilings that we emphasized with salvaged wood scissor trusses overhead.
The Beach House
One of OB's last undeveloped beach side cottages has been remodeled into a 2800 sqft. modern home with 180 degree views of the ocean. The clients are prominent San Diego professionals who work from home, so the expansion focused on creating a commanding ocean view from the second story kitchen and dining spaces, and from the third story home office. The main living space was elevated to be flooded with natural light and open onto a large outdoor deck. The contemporary design features several energy-saving techniques such as large angular overhangs and functional windows at every elevation. Vertical fins create both shade and cooling maximizing air circulation without compromising the focus on sunset views. The flat roof allows for three stories to take advantage of the ocean breezes and expansive view. The overall effect is that of a "lifeguard tower," where the owners can truly take in the Southern California environment where they live and work.
As featured in the Fall 2011 issue of Atomic Ranch magazine, the primary goal of this residential remodel was to gain a more spacious atmosphere by opening interiors to the outside. Rather than purchasing all new materials or increasing square footage of the home, many of the materials were found on site and reused. Recycled materials are not only more ecological but they also help keep the project within budget. Every room was transformed to have a direct relationship to the outside through a terrace, porch, or garden. With a simple, well-crafted design, the clients now enjoy an open floor plan with a complete "indoor-outdoor living" style.
As part of the ongoing improvements in Barrio Logan neighborhood, Cafe Moto was one of the first establishments to upgrade an existing, through cobbled together, warehouse in this community. The Building Workshop worked with the coffee roasters through several design concepts, including a restaurant, in the existing historical house and multiple designs for the warehouse district. After exploring all the possibilities, the design with the most exposure from National Avenue was chosen for the coffee shop. Working with city planners, the challenges of developing a restaurant in the manufacturing community were overcome. The layout of the existing building was designed to maximize space for the roasting and packaging equipment, offices, and showroom. Along with several local artists, the interiors were designed by Curtis Micklish with help from The Building Workshop.
Ranch House [expansion]
A second addition to this Modern Ranch home was commissioned to transform the garage into a contemporary living room, office, and second level master suite. The garage door was refurbished and tracked vertically to serve as an oversized door to the outdoor patio space. An extended bay window creates an ocean view from the master bedroom. Unexpected windows, angles, and industrial materials such as concrete and sand blasted floors give this expanded home an edgy, modern feel.
Our work at Nile Street is currently in progress. We work with our client's to achieve the ideal execution of each project, and in this case, we are striving to maintain the craftsman aesthetic of the charming front house while introducing a more modern building near the back of the property to create a social, communal living environment.
The design of this dual residence capitalizes on the natural beauty of the canyon wilderness occurring within an urban neighborhood setting. Over-sized porches face the canyon edge to maximize the appreciation for nature and to maintain the privacy between the two unites. The Canyon House is an ongoing development set to break ground 2017. For more information, please contact us directly.
Animal (lover's) House
This residential expansion involved building a 600sf master suite with a panoramic deck and spa overlooking a terraced natural canyon. The clients intense love of animals influenced several custom details in the addition of the house. To solve the need for a master bathroom and closer, a 5 ft band was added as a new facade to the existing house. The new exterior incorporates outdoor lounging areas for them as well as their pets. Now their house cats can nap on a series of sloping levels next to their sunbathing owners, protected form the canyon hawks by a layer of shaded glass. Eco-friendly construction was emphasized with the reuse of materials and recycled products for many of the exterior finishes and landscaping.
After successfully acquiring historical designation and restoring the main house on this property, our client asked us to add on a more modern guest home and entertainment space to the back yard. This project is in progress, projected completion by Thanksgiving 2016. Check out real-time updates on our instagram!
To maximize natural light and the flow between indoor and outdoor spaces, we've designed expansive windows, doors, and a custom skylight. Modern finishes add to the light and open feel of this space. Drought tolerant landscaping ensures beautiful surroundings year-round.