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Marin Living: Home Tours

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Sadly I won't be able to make it, but if you're in the Bay Area next Saturday, May 15th, you should seriously consider signing up for the first AIASF home tour of the year. Marin Living: Home Tours kicks things off just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. There you'll be welcomed into a handful of modern homes in various communities in an open-house format. Have a look at the slideshow for a taste of what will be on view and click here to sign up.

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  The Radius House is my favorite of the homes on the tour. The original design is from 1960 by Daniel Liebermann, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The update is by Dwyer Design.
    The Radius House is my favorite of the homes on the tour. The original design is from 1960 by Daniel Liebermann, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The update is by Dwyer Design.
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  The centerpiece of the house is the support structure that holds up the circular roof, and gives the sense that the whole 1,000 square foot home could lift off at any time.
    The centerpiece of the house is the support structure that holds up the circular roof, and gives the sense that the whole 1,000 square foot home could lift off at any time.
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  The Radius House is surrounded by redwood trees, giving further reason to create panoramic views. Here's what you'd see if you woke in the master bedroom each morning.
    The Radius House is surrounded by redwood trees, giving further reason to create panoramic views. Here's what you'd see if you woke in the master bedroom each morning.
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  Here's another doozie on the Marin County Tour, the Portnoy Danzig Residence by Sharon Portnoy Design. I like the blocks of color interspersed with the windows on the upper floor, giving the house a playful feel, as though it were a child's toy.
    Here's another doozie on the Marin County Tour, the Portnoy Danzig Residence by Sharon Portnoy Design. I like the blocks of color interspersed with the windows on the upper floor, giving the house a playful feel, as though it were a child's toy.
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  Here's another view of the backyard of the Portnoy Danziger Residence, one that shows off the L shape of the design.
    Here's another view of the backyard of the Portnoy Danziger Residence, one that shows off the L shape of the design.
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  This entryway also has that sense of colorful play while receding into the facade of the house.
    This entryway also has that sense of colorful play while receding into the facade of the house.
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  The Hillside Residence by Scott Lee of SB Architects in conjunction with Arcanum Architecture is in Mill Valley.
    The Hillside Residence by Scott Lee of SB Architects in conjunction with Arcanum Architecture is in Mill Valley.
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  A closer view of the facade shows the varying levels at play, and the porosity of the house. Here we get a good look into a bedroom.
    A closer view of the facade shows the varying levels at play, and the porosity of the house. Here we get a good look into a bedroom.
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  The heavy ropes and mesh railing on the stairs give the interior a kind of nautical feel, a nod to the nearby San Francisco Bay.
    The heavy ropes and mesh railing on the stairs give the interior a kind of nautical feel, a nod to the nearby San Francisco Bay.
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  The big burled wood dining table offers a seating to a host of diners. The warm materials and pendant keep things light and cozy.
    The big burled wood dining table offers a seating to a host of diners. The warm materials and pendant keep things light and cozy.
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  This house in Sausalito by 450 Architects hugs a tight hillside plot that affords a gorgeous view of Richardson Bay.
    This house in Sausalito by 450 Architects hugs a tight hillside plot that affords a gorgeous view of Richardson Bay.
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  In addition to a contemporary interior, the Sausalito Residence has a massive rainwater collection system, one of the first of its kind in residential use in California.
    In addition to a contemporary interior, the Sausalito Residence has a massive rainwater collection system, one of the first of its kind in residential use in California.
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  The Lovell House in Mill Valley, California is a renovation of a 1953 design. Here you see some of its original 1,100 square foot form nestled in the trees.
    The Lovell House in Mill Valley, California is a renovation of a 1953 design. Here you see some of its original 1,100 square foot form nestled in the trees.
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  The renovation and addition were done by architects Cecilia and Alfred Quezada, who bought the house in 1995. They finished their work in 2006 and have since sold it.
    The renovation and addition were done by architects Cecilia and Alfred Quezada, who bought the house in 1995. They finished their work in 2006 and have since sold it.
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  The Quezadas aimed to respect the open plan of the original structure, as evinced by this breezy, wide staircase.
    The Quezadas aimed to respect the open plan of the original structure, as evinced by this breezy, wide staircase.
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  I like this cozy spot that still, by dint of homey materials and a generous windowseat, still manages to invite in the outdoors.
    I like this cozy spot that still, by dint of homey materials and a generous windowseat, still manages to invite in the outdoors.
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  The kitchen continues on in the mid-century vein with warm wood on the walls and industrial nods on the ceiling and countertops. The kitchen and den, finished in 2006, make use of a translucent ceiling to best capture the changing daylight.
    The kitchen continues on in the mid-century vein with warm wood on the walls and industrial nods on the ceiling and countertops. The kitchen and den, finished in 2006, make use of a translucent ceiling to best capture the changing daylight.
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  The variety of grains and finishes on the largely wooden interior manage to both unify the space while still retaining their individual characters.
    The variety of grains and finishes on the largely wooden interior manage to both unify the space while still retaining their individual characters.
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  And what is indoor/outdoor living without a handsome portal to the outside world?
    And what is indoor/outdoor living without a handsome portal to the outside world?

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