Suburban Living

  • The fluid design of this rec room -- several sitting areas, another fireplace, flat screen TV, and fat floor path around the pool table -- matches the home's spacious, livable aesthetic. The home…   See the Image

  • Gardens, mature trees and patio spaces surround the estate. This sport pool is sure to become a favorite hang-out. It's where you want to soak after a long match on the tennis courts (yes, you have…   See the Image

  • The master bedroom, with scrubbed gun metal-colored tiles and peach and tawny walls, has a "loft-like" vibe. See what they did with the triangular fireplace (upper right) and the three…   See the Image

  • The architects created a wonderful sense of "inside-outside," bringing the surrounding grounds within each room, as in this expansive living room banked with wide windows. Notice the…   See the Image

  • Unmistakably dramatic Snaidero kitchen and lounge area (enter from that fab living room to the left). Eye-catching wide-tiled flooring and enough counter space to command the holiday cooking front.…   See the Image

  • Inside, you have a sought-after industrial palette: metal stairs and railings and metal-framed windows blending with brown polished cinder block. The home is encased in gray wood cedar siding,…   See the Image

  • AIA Home Tour 2013, Marin Edition: Dominican Sisters House of Formation

    Yes, that's "sisters" as in Maria von Trapp. As designed by Van Meter Williams of Pollack LLP, this communal home is ecologically sound (with a LEED Gold rating and a drought-resistant…   See the Image

  • AIA Home Tour 2013, Marin Edition: Headquarters

    You'd be surprised how exhausting it is — physically and emotionally — to tramp around someone's exquisite digs. For respite, tourists were invited to Talampie in Mill Valley, designed by CCS…   See the Image

  • AIA Home Tour 2013, Marin Edition: The Shack

    A weekend getaway in Ross went from "meh" to "yeah!" with a renovation that uncovered Douglas fir beams, redwood walls and a Sonoma stone fireplace. Out went the walls, in came a…   See the Image

  • AIA Home Tour 2013, Marin Edition: Multicellular House

    In a fresh concept from Koji Tsutsui & Associates, this house is a "conceptual village" in which rooms link together in unpredictable ways, following the sloped landscape's…   See the Image