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.

Kelly Lerner relaxes and takes in the view of San Francisco Bay from her new deck. The deck’s posts, beams, and joists are made from a cypress tree that was milled by an urban tree recycling company. Kelly used Epoch Evergrain decking, a plastic and wood-fiber composite, and designed a railing of copper plumbing pipe that can be reused or recycled if the structure is ever taken apart.
Photos By Barbara Bourne