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