When the clients for this project first approached AWA to help with the whole house renovation to their existing home in the Willows Area of Menlo Park, they had several parameters: to add a second story, renovate the first floor, keep it green, make it modern “but try not to poke anyone in the eye”! After much iteration, the design team emerged with a house that met the family’s functional needs and had the look and feel that they were hoping for. The design has a modern aesthetic with straightforward forms, clean lines and natural materials. Day lighting and ventilation were introduced without sacrificing privacy. Many “green” features were added and the project was “Green Rated” through Build it Green. After many years of planning, the1939 cottage was transformed into our client’s dream home…expanded, modern and green.