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.

When Kelly, Deb, and Jennifer bought this 1940s bungalow, it suffered from substantial deferred maintenance and was “the worst house on a great street”—in other words, pure potential. From the street, the home barely resembles the original bare white bungalow with spare landscaping. The lush drought-tolerant yard now draws compliments from passing neighbors, and the home-grown bamboo fence provides privacy and creates a sunny, wind-protected entry courtyard.
Photos By Barbara Bourne