Historic Cottage

Mountain View, California

This home is protected as historically significant. The project was both historic preservation and a significant addition. The clients love the home’s character, while they also wanted to add space for their family, and fully renovate in order to modernize all the systems, fixtures and finishes. The new design blends new with old, keeps the small scale of the house while adding square footage, and retains the existing front façade. The new shape of the home interlocks with the expansive rear yard, with good flow for indoor-outdoor living. The new structure was carefully designed to protect existing redwood trees. 

Architect – Saikley Architects
Landscape Architect – Jenna Bayer Garden Design
Structural Engineer – DP Advanced Engineering
MEP Engineer – Hensel Consulting Engineers
General Contractor: MTM Building Group
3d Renderings – Noa Younse

“We worked with Alexandra on a major project with several challenges – building a brand new home on a small, sloped lot that required several variances. To add to that, we were first-time owner-builders. From the very beginning of the process at the design stage, Alexandra was easy to work with and very open to both incorporating our requests and needs while providing helpful insight and guidance. Her clear, consistent, and thorough communication got us through a complicated Zoning review process. She and her team helped us adapt in creative ways to ensure that we met Zoning’s requirements while still keeping the best parts of the design. We’ve been living in the home for several months now and absolutely love it! The best part for us about working with Alexandra, which is easy to take for granted but very significant in a long project like this, was her incredible professionalism, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. We never had any problem communicating and working with her over the course of our project, despite the other challenges and many different people involved. Thank you, Alexandra, for helping make a dream come true for us!” – Client