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Mill Valley Bungalow

Mill Valley, CA

Marin County Home Tours, Day 1
Saturday, April 28, 2012

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Set before a grove of redwood trees at the base of Mount Tamalpais, this Mill Valley bungalow-style home was originally built in 1905. The clients appreciated the historic quality of the house and its relationship to the neighborhood, but wanted a more contemporary home in which to raise their three young children. The exterior retains the historic elements of wood shingles, dormers, and balconies. To suggest the contemporary details inside, these were transformed using Corten steel and teak with cable railings. Inside the home, the foyer opens up with a central steel staircase. Other details include a retractable curtain wall bisecting the living room to create a media room, and a three-panel pocket door receding to extend the living room onto the porch.

The 4,000-square-foot home’s interior spaces were reconfigured to open up the rooms, with windows reorienting the house toward the landscape and framing views of Mount Tamalpais, redwood groves, a bamboo hedge beyond the kitchen, and native grasses and ferns. Contemporary materials and furniture fill the home, with rosewood casework throughout, dark-stained oak floors, mahogany doors and windows, and terrazzo floors in the kitchen and adjoining family room. 
—Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, Marmol Radziner 

About the Architect

Thumb Ron Radziner FAIA, Leo Marmol FAIA
Marmol Radziner

Marmol Radziner was established in 1989. The firm’s dedication to the tradition of design-build can be seen in their work restoring modern architectural icons in Southern California, including the restoration of the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, originally designed in 1946 by Richard Neutra. The firm has restored over 20 houses by legendary architects, including Neutra, R.M. Schindler, John Lautner, Cliff May, and Albert Frey. They are currently working pro bono on the preservation of the Neutra VDL Research House in Silver Lake.


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Geotechnical and Soil
Salem Howes Associates

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