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.

The home’s original fireplace still lends a cozy glow to the living room, while the shapes and finishes around it improve beauty and utility. New built-in bookshelves (topped with salvaged wood) improve spatial definition and provide storage/display space. The walls are gypsum-plastered and casein- glazed, and the original white-oak floors were refinished with a water-based BonKemi sealer.
Photos By Barbara Bourne