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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

Questa

Originally a winery, we renovated this historic building for clients seeking a weekend retreat away from the City. By underpinning and reinforcing the stone walls with concrete, we brought the building up to current seismic code. We also procured and integrated several artifacts specified by our client, including a confessional door from a cathedral in Europe and beams salvaged from a barn in Pennsylvania. We completed the transformation by building a new master bedroom under the eaves, a freestanding art studio/sitting room, and a cozy guesthouse opening onto the clay tennis court. The result is a house that’s every bit as majestic as it is inviting. Read more in Architectural Digest.

Architect: J.E. Caldwell Architect
Landscape Architect: Todd R. Cole Landscape Architecture
Designer: Tucker & Marks
Photographer: Don Roper & Matthew Millman
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 3,800

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: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 3,500 sq. ft.

Zephyr

PCH renovated this 1920s estate for a growing family looking for a home that was both sophisticated and comfortable. Peacock lacquered walls and white oak flooring greet visitors in the foyer. A few of the notable design features include built in bookshelves, a petite bar and reading alcove in the family room and a custom stainless-steel hood in the kitchen. New floor to ceiling pocket doors allow for privacy when needed and open to communal areas to congregate. The existing exterior wall was replaced with a wall of windows and French doors that overlook the new deck, trellis and surrounding meadow. A cedar covered kitchen deck with an entertainment room below completes this idyllic property.

Architect: Andrew Mann Architecture
Designer: Niche Interiors
Photographer: Paul Dyer Photography
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 7,500 sq. ft.

Victorian

By bringing renowned designer Atelier Ugo Sap’s vision to life, we 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. As featured in Architectural Digest, the updated classic style is visible at every turn, especially in the custom metal and glass elevator that ascends to the glass floored balcony and new roof deck capturing panoramic views of the City and the bay. Read more in Architectural Digest.

Architect: Atelier Ugo Sap
Landscape Architect: Peter Tarne
Designer: James Marzo Design
Photographer: Matthew Millman
Location: San Francisco
Square Footage: 8,300

Trillo

Three lots were merged together which became the canvas for us to build this grand Spanish Colonial estate from the ground-up. With panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area, this property has it all. Extensive site work includes restoring and building an outdoor amphitheater, a new large reflection pond, multi-tiered putting greens with six chipping tee boxes, golf cart paths running throughout the property, a reconstructed driveway to include an arched bridge over the golf cart paths, an extensive koi pond and a new pool. The sports pavilion has something for every game lover including a tennis court, bocce court, shuffle board, paddle ball, badminton, horseshoes and a lounge area. Inside, the home is equally as impressive. Custom features include a 2,200 gallon salt water fish tank, theater, indoor spa, fitness room, sauna, steam bath, radiant heated floors, geothermal heat, elevator, motorized shades, custom steel windows and doors, walnut floors and stone counters. Ornate interior custom-made plaster molds, art murals and hand-applied integral color veneer plaster interior finishes complete this estate.

Architect: Andrew Skurman Architects
Landscape Architect: Strata Landscape
Designer: Tucker & Marks
Photographer: Edward Addeo Photography
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 16,900

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