Californian Homes

A Surprising Venice Beach A-Frame Reaches Its Peak Potential
A Surprising Venice Beach A-Frame Reaches Its Peak Potential
Following a renovation that better connected it to the outdoors, designer Katie Gebhardt punched it up with a West Coast palette.
By Kelly Dawson - 7 days ago
This L.A. Home Has a Yellow Crane That Relocates the Dining Table, Because Why Not?
Architect couple John Friedman and Alice Kimm brought a playful attitude to their Silver Lake home, including the industrial arm and a hot-pink ADU.
This See-Through California Home Magically Hangs Above a Creek Bed
Fougeron Architecture reconfigured the residence with floor-to-ceiling glass that enhances views of the stream and a backyard waterfall.
A Prefab Tiny Home Takes Root in a Northern California Vineyard
A Prefab Tiny Home Takes Root in a Northern California Vineyard
Built in six months and delivered in a day, the Dwell House provides an extended family with space to thrive.
Deciding to Rebuild After a Fire Is Just the First Step
Four years after the devastating Woolsey fire, Malibu residents who lost everything are still waiting for approvals, and contending with complicated mortgage and insurance...
Before & After: A Choppy San Francisco Home Finds Its Flow After a Mullet Renovation
Malcolm Davis Architecture helps a family roll back years of hodgepodge additions while opening the rear facade to the garden.
A Los Angeles Director’s Garage Is Recast as an ADU With a Screening Room
With playful portholes and head-to-toe plywood, the new studio gives Wash Westmoreland a place to write, relax, and watch films.
Before & After: A Complete Overhaul Lifts a Jumbled Hilltop Home to Cloud Nine
Perched high above Oakland, the expanded midcentury soaks up jaw-dropping views—even from the bathroom.
An Unorthodox Houseboat in Sausalito Gives Its Owner Permission to Play
Architect Craig Steely drew from the area’s bohemian history and traditional Chinese motifs to create this unique floating haven.
Construction Diary: A Ceramicist Gets Hands On While Renovating Her Midcentury Home
Ren von Hasseln polishes up a run-down ranch house in Ojai with colorful brick, handcrafted tile, and glazing galore.
It Was an Abandoned, Barely Built Mansion. They Made It a Real Home
It Was an Abandoned, Barely Built Mansion. They Made It a Real Home
Embracing the idea of a modern ruin, a Northern California couple carve a house out of the incomplete concrete garage and basement of a would-be manse.
This Sensational Los Angeles Garden Was Built for the Pollinators
Hear expert advice for seeking out a variety of drought-tolerant plants that can thrive while welcoming butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden.
Ditch the “Grow-Mow-Blow” Mentality of Lawn Care With These Expert Tips
A Bay Area landscape designer brings this philosophy to life in the hills of drought- and fire-plagued California.
A Composer and Fashion Designer Add an Inspiring Creative Space to Their Los Angeles Backyard
The two-level ADU is decked out with a light-filled recording studio for him, and for her, a luminous design space with soaring ceilings and sliding glass doors.
A San Francisco Victorian Conceals a Striking Rear Extension—and a Rooftop Hot Tub
The 1886 home retains its modest character from the street, but the renovation at the back tells an entirely new story.
Before & After: New Homeowners Join the Eichler Fan Club With Their First Remodel
A couple enlist Oakland interior design firm Decorotation to revitalize a 1956 East Bay classic by the renowned developer.
A Refined Wine Country Renovation Feels Like It’s Floating in the Redwoods
In Sonoma County, Studio Plow turns a 1955 residence into a retreat with an open floor plan, luxe finishes, and skylights and picture windows that peer out into the treetops.
A Sinuous Silicon Valley Retreat Is a Portal to the Outdoors
With the help of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney (EYRC) Architects, a couple with three children build a home that pays homage to its pastoral setting.
This Desert Retreat Finds Harmony With Its Striking Natural Surroundings
Bringing crisp lines to the spectacularly vast landscape, this Yucca Valley getaway is a minimalist sanctuary.
A Midcentury-Modern Home in Palm Desert Is Preserved to a T
The first thing to go is usually the layout.
Craft Guru Amy Tangerine’s Midcentury-Modern Makeover Reflects Her Playful Spirit
Dan Brunn Architecture infused the L.A. gem with quirky touches and fun color for the creative and her family.
In Los Angeles, a 900-Square-Foot Prefab ADU Brings One Family Closer Together
After the pandemic left the wife’s mother feeling isolated, they built her a backyard house by local prefab company Cover.
It’s Easy to See Why This $1.6M Home Won the Very First Sea Ranch Design Award
Designed by William Turnbull Jr., the prizewinning property is back on the market for the second time in 50 years.
A Couple Carve Open a Working Sonoma Farmhouse to Savor the Surrounding Fields
“When the kitchen’s glass doors are open, it feels like you’re cooking in the vineyard,” says architect Christie Tyreus.
Architect Albert Lanier’s Redwood House in San Francisco Gets a Spirited Renovation
Designed in 1974 by Lanier, famed artist Ruth Asawa’s husband, the Noe Valley residence features fresh new finishes and an expanded plan that takes advantage of city views.
Before & After: A Nature-Forward Napa Valley Home Kicks Off a New Era
A San Francisco couple and their new baby find the perfect space for their next chapter—rattlesnakes and all.
A Los Angeles Musician’s Shed-Roofed Home Gets a Pitch-Perfect Renovation
Drew Straus calls on Laun Studio to update his 1930s house with a copper roof, cobalt-blue finishes, and a sunny music studio.
A Chunk of Volcanic Stone Inspires a Rock-Solid Sonoma Home
Schwartz and Architecture tops a compact dwelling with a sturdy metal roof that looks lighter than air.
A Silver Lake Tudor’s Gut Renovation Shows That Bigger Isn’t Always Better
The facade’s two-tone paint job is just the start for Bestor Architecture’s renovation of a 1926 house overlooking the reservoir.