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Northgate

This modern hilltop home was designed to showcase the client’s diverse art collection and unique decor. The home sits on one acre, has an open layout with clean lines and ceiling elevation changes which identify different rooms. Our clients wanted their art to remain a focus throughout the house so subtle materials and colors were used to create a clean slate to highlight their collection. The landscape, architecture and interiors all flow together seamlessly. Living in California, our clients are conscious about saving water so the landscaping is drought tolerant and the plants require little to no water. The same modern and linear style inside the house continues outside with an infinity edge reflection pond surrounded by Gingko trees. A new site drainage system was installed and designed to collect all surface and sub-surface storm water which releases slowly into one of the two dissipation tanks located on the property.

Architect: Walker & Moody Architects
Landscape Architect: Suzman Architects
Designer: Douglas Durkin Design
Photographer: Tom Seawell Photography
Location: Hillsborough, California
Square Footage: 11,500

Sloane

PCH remodeled this contemporary home which sits on three acres in Woodside, California. This private sanctuary soaks in the natural beauty of the location and blends the indoor and outdoor spaces with a modern aesthetic. The home boasts a museum-inspired courtyard entry, high-ceilinged living room and panoramic views.

Architect: Andrew Skurman Architects
Landscape Architect: Terra Ferma Landscapes
Designer: Rebecca Bradley Interior Design
Photographer: Bernard Andre & Dave Edwards
Location: Woodside, California
Square Footage: 7,500

Avanti

While the original version of this estate contained grand interior spaces, high ceilings, and statuesque Doric columns, the materials and detailing required an upgrade. By taking the house down to the metal frame and foundation and rebuilding it, we enhanced the proportions and stature of the home’s existing style in accordance with the vision of Butler Armsden Architects. Custom details such as wire-brushed European white oak floors, a foyer adorned with Spanish Cenia Blue stone, and the new infinity pool, private pool house, and floating step resulted in a house that nods to the past, but lives in the present. Read more in Architectural Digest.

Architect: Butler Armsden Architects
Landscape Architect: Magrane Associates
Designer: Steven Volpe Design
Photographer: Ethan Kaplan Photography & David Livingston Photography
Location: Atherton, California
Square Footage: 8,960

Theo

Built in 1962 for a serious Bay Area art collector, the original owners hired famed architect Joseph Esterick to put his timeless Mid-century residential design to work. Decades later, PCH was given the opportunity to remodel the home for the new owners, while preserving the original spaces. The finished product is both elegant and sophisticated and the views speak for themselves.

Architect: Joseph Esherick
Location: San Francisco, California
Square Footage: 4,656

Fairview

Working with award-winning architect Andrew Skurman, we constructed an estate that was reminiscent of a French country villa yet equipped with all the modern conveniences. From the custom arched dormers that punctuate the main roof to the French doors that lead out to the grounds, our creative innovation and exacting attention to detail paid off in a big way. Within two months of completion, the breathtaking estate was chosen as the location of a celebrity wedding. But even more important, the couple we built it for call it home.

Architect: Andrew Skurman Architect
Landscape Architect: Todd K. Cole Landscape Architecture
Designer: Steven Volpe Design
Photographer: Matthew Millman
Location: Atherton, California
Square Footage: 14,200

MHW

PCH worked with MEM Architecture and Kendall Wilkinson Design to create a residence that would accommodate a growing family while being both peaceful and livable. The newly designed house takes full advantage of the beautiful climate and natural contours of the landscape. Features of the home include an open floor plan, a new large chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances, and new master suite. Exterior features include a new pool, cabana and outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven which accommodates both intimate family dinners as well as large gatherings for friends.

Architect: MEMarchitecture
Designer: Kendall Wilkinson Design
Photographer: Ethan Kaplan
Location: Monte Sereno, California
Square Footage: 3,500 sq. ft.

Carolands

After decades of neglect and the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, all the windows and exterior doors, as well as the electrical and plumbing systems in the Carolands 65,000 square foot mansion needed to be replaced. PCH was honored to be chosen to take on the difficult and delicate task. In seismically repairing the historic chateau, we preserved its historic features, including the ornamental plaster and imported French paneling. We also returned the 78-foot high atrium (the largest enclosed space in an American residence) to its former prominence. In saving the mansion from the wrecker’s ball, we proved that extensive expert renovation can take place while maintaining original architectural integrity. Read more in Architectural Digest.

Architect: Page & Turnbull Architects, Taylor Lombardo (ballroom)
Landscape Architect: Martin Lane Fox
Designer: Mario Buatta
Location: Hillsborough, California
Square Footage: 65,000