Collection by Sarah Akkoush

This Modern Addition in Northern California Has the Ultimate Rooftop Hangout


A bold addition by Klopf Architecture makes a conscious departure from the existing traditional home.

Fifteen miles outside of San Francisco, Tanja DiGrande and her husband, Sebastian, set out to add more livable space to their Orinda home for their active family of five. Tanja, a trained architect from Germany, had always been interested in exploring the contrast between old and new. The “old” in this case is the couple’s existing residence, a 1936 traditional New England–style home. Prior to moving to Orinda, the pair lived in an industrial loft, a history that informed the palette of steel, glass, and stone in the new addition. Tanja, who acted as co-designer for the project, says the new addition “was very deliberately designed to be from this time, without taking away [from] or overpowering the original house.”

The decidedly industrial exterior features smooth dark gray stucco, a custom steel mesh wall, and a metal spiral...
Light and openness were of utmost importance to the clients during the design process.
A clean, white palette is favored for the interior of the home.
The guest bedroom also doubles as the primary homework area for the kids.
Light floods the second floor master bedroom, and floor-to-ceiling windows are buffered by adjacent steel mesh wall.
A seamless extension of the bedroom, the master bathroom is an open-concept wet room.
The roof deck is a place for entertaining, and offers scenic hillside views.
One of the clients’ original wishes was a dumbwaiter to the roof deck, to offset the difficulty of transporting food...
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