McDonald Residence

Angwin, California
Location
  • Angwin, California
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • This project page was created by community member Lundberg Design

    We've known Tim and Flin for a very long time. Tim is the President of Centric Construction, and he has built many of the Napa Valley houses we have designed. This is the second residence we designed for them, and it is a remodel of a really simple ranch house in Angwin. Honestly, the original structure was incredibly plain – low eight-foot ceilings, one level, and almost no connection to the outdoors.

    So we tried to change all of that. We gutted it, went to cathedral ceilings, a completely glazed-end façade, and we dropped the floor level in the living area. We put in a Finnish soapstone stove in the center for heat; steel trusses and windows to add some visual detail; and a trellis on the front to add depth and texture to what was otherwise a very plain façade. It may be our best transformation to date – taking what was a dark box and transforming it into an open, light-filled space that connects to the landscape outside. We owe a big debt to Flin’s green thumb, but it really is a triumph of a clever use of a limited budget, and it is absolutely one of the most comfortable houses we have ever designed.

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    Lundberg Design is a San Francisco-based twenty person architectural firm founded by Olle Lundberg in 1987 that does work for private and commercial clients throughout the United States. We specialize in high-end modern design, with no particular emphasis on any particular building type. While the core of our practice is architectural, we remain committed to providing design at many levels and are often involved in product, landscape, graphic, and sculpture design. Our signature style tends to be characterized by sculptural form, simply and elegantly executed, with a firm belief in the importance of the carefully thought out detail. We also have our own dedicated 4,000 sq. ft. metal fabrication facility for custom design work and experimentation. All of the design work is centered on the qualities of materials – how they can be plied, bent and cut to produce a visual and tactile result. We are a firm that loves the physical qualities of the objects we create. We are located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, in a 1933 mattress factory building. It is a perfect building for the kind of firm we are – raw concrete walls and exposed timber trusses, with high volumes and enough square footage to house our architectural practice, fabrication shop, and even a work-week apartment for Olle. The practice has always been very diverse – we have designed homes, restaurants, wineries, corporate headquarters, distilleries, hotels, apartment buildings, bars, lobbies, and even San Francisco’s bus shelters. We describe our style as “nature-inspired modernism,” and we strive for elegant, simple solutions in our work. We like materials with substance – wood, stone, steel; materials with heft and texture – really the opposite of veneer. For us the making of architecture is a collaborative act; between ourselves and especially with our clients – while we aim for poetry we also pride ourselves on making buildings that work very, very well.
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