At first blush, the existing house on this site in Menlo Park, CA was not worth saving. It had been a rental for many years and had fallen into disrepair. However, this fact didn't deter our clients who were seduced by its old world charm as well as its fortuitous location on the lovely wooded site, and decided to embark on an ambitious remodel. The design team’s goals were to maintain the integrity of the house layout, improve the flow, connect interior spaces to the outdoors and overlay a modern aesthetic. The renovated house is a study of edited simplicity and special effort was given to integrate the natural features of the site. The existing oak near the front entry is celebrated with a new entry patio and courtyard. The ability to open up the living spaces around the rear courtyard was a deliberate gesture to reinforce the connection to the outdoors as well as create a dialogue between the wings of the house. Natural light has been abundantly introduced via large openings and skylights helping accentuate the simple and rich material palette.
"Working with the team over at AWA has been a real pleasure and the best collaboration in my experience. They are professional, knowledgeable, creative and also have the skills to think outside of the box. End result being a home that not only is beautiful but one that is creatively designed with practicality and function in mind. Our home is a joy to live in and I look forward to working with this team again in the future. "
- Surinder Dosanjh Kang, SDK Design