Brookside Road

Brookside Road, Orinda

Residential, Addition, Guest House
We think the most beautiful designs are those that offer you the most versatile use of your space. For this gorgeous Orinda estate, we added a ranch-style pool house above a garage, opening the one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage directly onto the pool deck to create the perfect dual-use, guest house and entertainment space. Open up the sweeping, bi-fold doors, and outdoor guests and swimmers enjoy the seamless transition from poolside to entertainment room and kitchen/bar. Overnight guests enjoy the privacy of their own cottage, with a serene window seat overlooking the tree-lined drive. Vaulted ceilings and interior clerestory windows carry the light between the living room and bedroom, from the sweeping bi-fold living room doors overlooking the pool all the way to the serene window seat. When guests are away, the Murphy bed retreats to transform the bedroom into a quiet home yoga studio. One space; the best of all worlds.

Contractor: Fortier Builders, Marco Fortier
Photographer: Mo Saito