From Ugly Duckling to Sustainable Swan: A Bay Area Home

Earth plasters, reclaimed wood, wheatboard, bamboo and handcrafted décor turn a nondescript 1940s Bay Area cottage into a home full of warmth and comfort.

Virtually unchanged since the house was built, the kitchen was small and cramped. It was difficult for more than one cook to use, and it turned its back on both the living room and the outstanding view of San Francisco Bay.
Photos By Barbara Bourne