Kiva fireplace, gathering place

Our clients wanted to create a stronger entry point for their California Mission style home in Orinda.  Characteristic thick exterior walls mimicking adobe, combined with exposed, hand-hewn timber framing, and a Spanish tile roof were excellent design elements upon which to build.

As we began working together developing sketches for a delightful entry path, we discovered a problem in another part of the home.  The interior enclosed patio, used as a living space, lacked proper infrastructure and was extremely humid, causing serious condensation and moisture concerns.

The solution was a rebuild of this area, with a new design, over the same footprint.  At the same time, we made a stronger entry point by adding a counterposed roofline.  The newly designed interior space incorporated Southwest aesthetics with a Kiva fireplace and Banco seating – a perfect complement with the Mission style sense of space.