Vista Adobe

Orinda, California

In this whole-house renovation we transformed a dark ‘50s ranch house into a bright, open, contemporary home with a breathtaking 180-degree view. The owner sought a peaceful, sanctuary-like environment where she could relax and work from home, as well as an easy place to entertain guests. Following these fundamental criteria, we approached the project with a simple design and select palette of natural materials.

The client enjoys gardening on the property and wanted a design to encourage appreciation of the surrounding landscape. We collaborated with Sue Oda Landscape Architecture to extend the living spaces to the outdoors, oriented to the beautiful views and in keeping with the same ideas of simplicity and just a few natural materials.

Photography: Kurt Manley

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“I worked with Alexandra Saikley on the remodeling of my house, which originally was a 1950 ranch with no appeal aside from its secluded area and panoramic view. It was important for me to have a good connection with the environment and an in-out feeling throughout, and to not overdo the remodeling.

Alexandra listened to what I had in mind and came up with fantastic design ideas. Throughout the construction phase she effectively managed the interface with the contractor and, from what I understand, the plans were very accurate. Her attention to details was outstanding and she gave me excellent referrals for architectural landscaping. All this was done with smiles, and I am grateful to have been able to work with her. I would definitely recommend her.” – Client