Heritage House with Cottage Charm

Richardson Architects brought uniformity back to this beautiful home that previously had disconnected additions, and now is opened up for play and family life in Mill Valley, California.

  • area / size 4,800 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Type House,
  • This charming shingle house — one of the oldest houses in Mill Valley — was bought as a fixer upper by a growing family. Oriented with great views of nearby Mt. Tam, the house pulls in sunlight and mountain breezes. The owners tapped veteran architect, Heidi Richardson, Richardson Architects, to return the rundown property to its former glory as well as adapt the interior for todays more casual lifestyle.

    The house had been abused with numerous inappropriate additions and renovations over the years. Richardson Architects adjusted interior floor levels to achieve four full stories. A central staircase connects all levels, with the top two floors for bedrooms, the main level for living and entertaining and the lowest level for office and a playroom. A guest cottage is adjacent to the house.

    For the interiors, the family turned to designer Katie Martinez, who infused the house with a modern palette. Light, bright colors are complemented with darker, moodier accents. Clean, streamlined silhouettes marry with shaker-inspired furnishings and elegant light fixtures. The house is as sophisticated as it is relaxed.

    For the outdoors, Integrated Design Studio (IDS) created an outdoor play area for the three little girls, complete with pool and outdoor kitchen, and an unobstructed view of Mt. Tam. What could be better?

    Architecture: Richardson Architects
    Interior Design: Katie Martinez Interiors
    Photography: Susanna Scott