Magazine article Sunset

Doing over an Open-Plan House. New Entry, Fireplace, Upstairs Master Suite

Magazine article Sunset

Doing over an Open-Plan House. New Entry, Fireplace, Upstairs Master Suite

Article excerpt

How do you add a little formality to an Eichler--the California tract house best known for its open-plan informality--and at the same time make room for a new master bedroom? The task was handed to San Francisco architect Daniel Solomon, asked to remodel a house in Mill Valley, California.

The living room suffered from a lack of definition: the front door opened directly into the room, and the fireplace seemed lost in a corner away from the dramatically gabled central space (the galleria). Two floor surfaces, tile and wood, added to the confusion.

Solomon removed the old fireplace and added a new one in the galleria, giving this high space added focus at the heart of the house. The new fireplace also acts as a divider between the front door and living areas, in effect defining an entry for the first time. He extended the tile floor to cover the entire entertainment area.

Opposite the front door, he fitted an almost sculptural stairways--wide at the base, narrower at the top--between existing posts. …

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