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ICAA Julia Morgan Award

ICAA Julia Morgan Award

San Francisco, May 2018 – PCH’s Pacific Heights Victorian project was awarded the 2018 Julia Morgan Award for interior design and decoration. It was recognized for a bold, yet timeless approach to Classicism. By bringing renowned designer Atelier Ugo Sap’s vision to life, PCH delivered on the client’s request for something different. Integrating modernism with twenty-first century technology, we added distinctive features throughout the three-story Pacific Heights Victorian, from hand-painted hardwood flooring to exquisite custom-plastered ceilings.

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: San Francisco Peninsula
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: San Francisco Peninsula
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: San Francisco Peninsula
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
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: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 14,200