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Modern Farmhouse

Mill Valley, CA

Marin County Home Tours, Day 2
Sunday, April 29, 2012

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11 Eugene is a complete transformation of an existing 1950s Eichler-style home. The owners wanted to give the house more of a Connecticut farmhouse feel and also add a spacious, light-filled kitchen and family space that the current house was lacking. The property had formerly been the location of the horses for an estate in the area, and the concept for the new kitchen and family space was to create a pavilion structure that reflected the sensibilities of stables or a conservatory. The design of the house is a study in two simple forms—the main house (a two-story saltbox structure) and the pavilion (a one-story gable form). It is also an interplay between indoors and out, as the entry hall flows visually out to the back garden with bluestone paving running through both spaces. Large expanses of glass puncture the two forms, drawing your eye to the landscape and letting daylight in at key locations. The amount of volume and light is a bit of a surprise as the front door is almost invisible as a blind door within a vestibule of natural oak planks. This solid entry with bright courtyard beyond is reminiscent of courtyard houses that reveal the garden only after you have penetrated the gate. The high steel windows at the pavilion suggest a building of another time/purpose, and also allow for views of the high surrounding redwoods and the afternoon sun as well. The interiors were designed to contrast the simple classical details of a Georgian farmhouse with more rusticated materials of a utilitarian building. 
—Ken Linsteadt

About the Architect

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Ken Linsteadt Architects

Ken Linsteadt Architects is known for creating beautiful spaces that reflect the context and spirit of the site, dreams of the client, and the artistic overlay and passion of the architect. Guided by principal Ken Linsteadt, the San Francisco-based firm focuses primarily on custom residential design. Ken has been practicing architecture for more than 20 years and has apprenticed with such luminaries as Philip Johnson in New York, and Skidmore Owings and Merrill in San Francisco. He opened his own practice in 1998. The firm infuses its design with the language of modern and traditional architecture, often exploring the interplay of the two.


Faubel Construction, (415) 381-4922

Patrick Printy, (415) 385-3220

Landscape Architect
Tseckares Landscape, (415) 847-6124

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