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 kitchen, which was closed off behind a wall, is now open to the living room. Low built-in bookshelves and lowered beams define the space while letting air, light, and conversation flow. Beyond, the eating-nook addition also opens the formerly dark kitchen to light and expansive views. The kitchen’s prefinished cork-tile flooring blends well with the refinished white oak floor in the living room.
Photos By Barbara Bourne