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Project Profile: Saikley Architects

Hilltop Contemporary – Richmond, California

Saikley Architects designed this new, ground-up home in the Richmond Hills for a young couple developing the site for a first home. The husband is a landscape designer/builder by trade and used the project to learn how to build a house. The wife did the project management.

Saikley Architects worked closely with the owners to create the design they wanted while allowing them to build their skills. The project was complex due to a steep slope, a small, irregularly shaped lot, civil engineering constraints and multiple zoning issues. Despite the beautiful site with its panoramic views of the Bay, the lot had been left undeveloped because of these complexities. Saikley Architects handled the negotiations for county approvals and worked with the owner/builder to ultimately create a 2,300 square foot, three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home that maximizes the site’s potential.

The owners asked for a modern house that felt warm and whimsical. They wanted a design with useful spaces and to be able to see the views throughout the house. The living space is an open plan, spilling out onto a large deck at one end and a yard at the other. An upper deck off the bedroom extends the living space. Windows in every interior space frame Bay views.

Saikley Architects provided building design details which the owner used in many unique interior and furniture design and site design details. The landscape design by the owner compliments and enhances the building and its relationship to the site.