Category Archives: Projects

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

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: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 65,000

The Mission

Set on a six-plus acre site, this estate combines the natural beauty of the landscape with the finest custom craftsmanship. The graceful simplicity of a California mission is reflected in the attention paid to every detail, from the trademark belfry to the alder wood cabinets and limestone kitchen countertops. Additional details include custom corbels, solid stock Douglas fir ceiling beams milled on-site, hand-distressed walnut flooring and hand-applied integral color veneer plaster walls. All proof that modern and historic can come together for spectacular results.

Architect: Walker Warner
Landscape Architect: Lisa Keyston
Designer: Meagan Lontz Sullivan
Photographer: John Sutton Photography
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 10,300

The Lea

When we renovated this 1939 English Manor style home, originally designed by California architect Paul Williams, we remained faithful to its original design while incorporating modern-day conveniences. The stonework chef’s kitchen, steam oven and hand-carved cabinetry are just a few of the details that exemplify the seamless integration of function and form. Behind the scenes, mechanical elements include a gas-fired chiller system and controls set in outbuildings away from living spaces. By working with what was already there, we helped to preserve the historic quality of the estate, yet ensured the owners would live in maximum comfort.

Architect: Andrew Skurman
Landscape Architect: Grant Castleberg, ASLA
Photographer: John Sutton Photography
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 17,030

Chamisal

This magnificent home full of exceptional craftsmanship and quality sits on 35 acres with 2.5 acres of manicured homeland. Fully immersed in natural beauty, the estate brings in panoramic views of the surrounding hills and Carmel Valley. We built a golf cart path for the homeowners to travel easily between the main house, caretaker’s residence and garages. Resawn Douglas fir ceilings, reclaimed exterior siding boards and the corten steel roof on the structures add special elements. Water features and ponds complete this private estate.

Architect: Remick Associates
Landscape Architect: Arterra Landscape Architects
Designer: Stephanie Sendell
Photographer: Marc Howard
Location: Carmel
Square Footage: 6,000

Manzanita

This Mediterranean estate is the creative genius of Arnn Gordon Greineder. Set on a three and a half acre site in Los Altos Hills, the main house is complimented by a guest house/cabana, a perfectly placed infinity pool, a small vineyard and a working wine cave. Sophisticated systems, beautiful interiors and magnificent views combine to make this estate truly one-of-a-kind.

Architect: Arnn Gordon Greineder
Landscape Architect: Todd R. Cole Landscape Architecture
Designer: Fisher Weisman Interior Design & Wheeler Design Group
Photographer: Nick Vasilopoulos
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 12,000