It may come as a bit of a surprise that this Japanese-style dwelling is in fact a Kit House. Situated up on a rounded cliff overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the Haiku House was originally constructed in 1991. Recently the home underwent a complete transformation under the care of SHED Architecture.
The current homeowners stumbled upon the property for sale and fell in love with the sense of peace and tranquility transmitted by the Japanese style house. The surrounding landscape, made up of tropical plants and pine trees overlooking the Bay Area in Tiburon, CA provides serenity and privacy only a stone’s throw away from the city.
Other structures on the property include a main house, guesthouse, beach house as well as a garage. The main house is the largest and middlemost point of the larger site, extending over 3,070 square feet.
Originally, the main house had a Douglas Fir structural frame, spruce ceilings and redwood paneling throughout the interior. The clients wished to open and lighten up the main house’s spaces, which felt confined and very separated.
Inside, a new entryway, a more open layout and additional light features expose the breathtaking views of the Bay. Light, natural tones of furniture dress up the living room, dining area and kitchen, creating a calm and stylish contrast to the dark stone floors which have been laid down throughout these spaces.
Floor to ceiling windows, skylights and the free flow between spaces ensures that natural light pours in throughout the day from all sides of the building.
According to the client’s wishes, SHED Architecture included an extra coat closer, utility room, office as well as Zen room. Another major change was moving the entryway to the side of the house to cancel out unnecessary noise as well as to better connect with the home’s new and improved open plan living areas.
At the back of the house, floor to ceiling glass walls slide open to a newly expanded deck area, equipped with an infinity pool as well as across the board views of the San Francisco Bay.