Before & After: An Architect’s Ever-Changing Bungalow Evolves Over Seven Years

David Marlatt of DNM Architecture field tests materials and designs as he remodels his 1906 home in Sausalito.

"My wife and I had no interest in buying something that was ready to move in—we were actively looking for a project," says architect David Marlatt. That’s exactly what the couple found in this Sausalito bungalow. The home was built in 1906, and subsequently moved to its current corner lot during World War II, when the Army appropriated its original neighborhood for the Marinship Shipyards. After that, the house was subjected to years of ad-hoc remodels and renters.

Join Dwell+ to Continue

Subscribe to Dwell+ to get everything you already love about Dwell, plus exclusive home tours, video features, how-to guides, access to the Dwell archive, and more. You can cancel at any time.

Try Dwell+ for FREE

Already a Dwell+ subscriber? Sign In

Melissa Dalton
Dwell Contributor
Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at