Sausalito, California

History with a light touch

WHA 2006 Sausalito
Photo: David Wakely

Honor Award: Remodel

Built in 1869, this home needed an updated kitchen, seismic and electrical upgrading, and more light in interior rooms.

Why it won: The simplicity of the remodel shows sensitivity to what was there before, while bringing in much more natural light. Owner and architect Mary Griffin replaced a 1920s shed-roof addition at the back with a slightly larger addition that allowed the kitchen to move out of the historic part of the house. She turned the new kitchen into a large light box with a translucent roof made of aluminum-and-fiberglass Kalwall panels. Widened openings between the major rooms further brighten the interior.

Design: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, Berkeley (510/841-9000)

    More...

  • WHA 2006 Sausalito

     

    The street front remains unchanged with a new lower-level room opening to the side yard and creek beyond.

  • WHA 2006 Sausalito

     

    A breakfast nook adjoins the porch.

  • WHA 2006 Santa Monica

    2006 Western Home Award winners

    Sunset selects the West's best houses. Take a tour of our 2006 Western Home Award winners

1 of 1

Most Popular

  1. 53 favorite backyard projects

    Our favorite DIY patios, paths, trellises, planters, fountains, and more
  2. 10 raised bed garden ideas
  3. 20 favorite perennial flowers
  4. Top 45 hikes in the West
  5. 20 colorful plants for shade gardens