Modern Mediterranean

Mountain View, California

Optimizing space was an important aspect of our design approach for this project, in order to balance improved function and experience for the family with the City Planning Department’s criteria.

The home’s transformation entailed a complete gut-and-remodel and second floor addition, employing a combination of contemporary architectural details and a Mediterranean aesthetic. The living spaces flow and connect from inside to outside -- from a sunny, front yard seating area off the kitchen where the family visits with neighbors, to the privacy of a secluded rear patio and garden off the great room.

The master bedroom suite features a Japanese bath and a private roof terrace with built-in seating, which is screened from view by a trellis, plantings, drapery and lanterns.

Photography: Kurt Manley

We worked with Alexandra for a major remodel of our home, changing the layout of the house dramatically and adding a second floor.

We chose Alexandra based on two critical expectations: that she would be good to work, and that she would share our philosophy regarding the importance of combining form and function in house design. We were very lucky to have chosen her. Alexandra indeed spent countless hours with us. She paid careful attention to our wishes and needs. She worked patiently through every detail of the house, helping us maximize not only our living space but also important functional aspects of the house. From beautifully located and proportioned stairs to storage for kids backpacks under an entryway bench, and built-in cabinets to roof segments and their slopes, everything was thoughtful, detailed, and practical.

Alexandra also showed great professional and personal skill in navigating the permitting process, developing a good relationship with the city’s planning department that allowed us to enjoy all the benefits of the zoning code. She was always ready to help and mediate successfully when issues inevitably came up with our contractor. She followed through with everything she said she would in an even, friendly, and professional manner.

We are delighted with our home and also take joy in the many compliments we get from anybody who visits or passes by. Alexandra was wonderful and we can’t recommend her highly enough.

- Client