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Mill Valley Loft

Mill Valley, CA

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

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This modern, loft-inspired home, located in a sunny, flat, family-filled section of Mill Valley, began as a humble 1920s bungalow. A family of five purchased the home in 2007 in search of Mill Valley’s arboreal, relaxed vibe and proximity to the urban edge of San Francisco.
The original home was taken down to the studs to allow for a reconfiguration of rooms; an addition of 1,400 square feet created space for a master bedroom and bath, a dramatic restaurant-grade kitchen, and an open and airy living room. In order to minimize the home’s massing and retain a large front play yard for the family’s children, the front elevation was kept compact yet vibrant. A rusted steel chimney on the front elevation anchors two telescoping tri-panel aluminum doors; the bold composition has the benefit of encouraging year-round use of the front deck.
The modern design and interiors developed from the dialogue between many contrasts: urban and suburban, old and new, refined and raw. These contrasts energized the ultimate design: smooth plaster plays with flooring scarred from an industrial past, and steel-framed open stairs sit beside a velvety handmade dining table. As an interior designer and Remodelista contributor, homeowner Allison Bloom drew from her knowledge of esoteric product sources to select a rich assembly of handmade tiles, industrial fixtures, and relic classroom-style door hardware. Rock maple flooring (reclaimed from a sewing factory in Michigan) was selected by Bloom for both its ability to withstand the rhythms of family life and to lend a rich aesthetic depth to the modern home.
—Kenneth Holder

About the Architect

Thumb Kenneth Holder
Holder Design Associates

Holder Design Associates is dedicated to providing sustainable design as a way of being responsible for the environment we live in. This balanced approach provides our clients with an efficient and healthy design that feels good, looks good, and works well, all without sacrificing, but rather enhancing, our clients' design intent. H|D|A began only three years ago but has grown quickly to fulfill a need for clients who prefer an approachable but dynamic design environment.


Interior Design

Gregg Foster, Summit Professional Builders

Of Note
Exterior Doors: Alvista Doors
Kitchen Cabinetry: Omar Zaouk, Hummingbird Remodeling
Kitchen Pulls: Hafele
Kitchen Shelving: restaurant grade stainless steel, Lambertson Industries
Flooring: Reclaimed rock maple flooring from a sewing factory in Michigan, Restoration Timber
Appliances: Thermador 48" range, Miele dishwasher, Whirlpool refrigerator
Lighting: Reclaimed freeway overpass halogen lighting, P&W Vintage lighting
Tile: 3x9 New Warm White, Heath Tile
Island Counter: Walnut, by cabinetmaker
Island Stools: Staach (wooden stools), & Tolix (metal stools)
Kitchen table: found in garage on property
Tile in laundry/entry/kids' bath: Popham Design
Paintings in Living Room/Master Bedroom: April Dawn Parker

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