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 remodeled kitchen opens onto the new deck via a salvaged French door. Kitchen cabinets, made by Tom Harrison of Alter-Eco, are of wheatboard; cabinet doors and drawer fronts are of reclaimed Douglas fir (note the character marks from old iron-nail stains). The countertop is Richlite, a durable composite of wood fiber and resin. The walls have a coat of gypsum plaster over sheetrock, and the final coat is a translucent casein glaze tinted with mineral pigment.
Photos By Barbara Bourne