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PCH built this estate for a family leaving San Francisco for better weather and a yard to raise their young family. The curving staircase and extensive stonework throughout are some of the distinct features that make this property stand out. Every detail was thoughtfully considered. Stone, cedar and dark steel were used throughout. Thermally broken steel windows and doors open to outdoor sitting areas and an organic garden, a new pool and putting green complete the serene environment. Read more in Luxe Magazine.

Architect: Richard Beard Architects
Landscape Architect: Lutsko Associates
Designer: Kelly Hohla Interiors
Construction Manager: Whiteside Construction Management
Photographer: Paul Dyer
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 13,000 sq. ft.

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.

Battle of the Chefs

Battle of the Chefs

PCH President, Bryan Murphy, along with other San Francisco Bay Area leading architects, builders, interior designers, landscape architects and top industry partners participated in the Battle of the Chefs 2018 Iron Chef Culinary Competition put on by Luxe Interiors + Design and Riggs Distributing. Bryan showed off his cooking skills along with his teammates, Bill Darcy (NKBA), George Brazil (SagreraBrazil Design), Jeff Goodwin (BAR Architects), Annie Cheung (NOON Home), and their team leader, Chef Ivan Dubriwny from Riggs Distributing. Spectators were there to cheer on their favorite teams while the competition unfolded throughout the evening. The teams were all competing for bragging rights of the Luxe Master Chef title. In true Iron Chef fashion, the fast-paced kitchen competition was brimming with culinary adventure and fun. As each team faced off in the timed culinary competition, the ingredients were kept secret until the competition began and each team worked together to create their most impressive appetizer, entrée and dessert. A lucky panel of judges got to taste the dishes and vote for their favorites. Everyone in attendance enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the lively competition!


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


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: Adrian Mendoza, Bernard Andrew and Dave Edwards
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 7,500