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.

In the garage-turned-dining/family room, Kelly tried out many of the systems and finishes she planned to use later in the rest of the house: hydronic radiant heating in a topping slab over the garage floor slab; saltillo tile flooring; earth-plastered walls with a decorative pattern pressed into trim bands; and a bamboo-mat ceiling. Salvaged French doors open onto the new front patio, and the swinging garage doors admit abundant fresh air and light when needed.
Photos By Barbara Bourne