Designer Jason Urrutia was finishing a project in Marin County, Calif., when a realtor friend told him she had something he’d like in a neighbouring town.He wasn’t looking for something new yet, but he went along in the spirit of curiosity. “The minute I walked in I saw all the potential,” he says. “You knew, right away, yes.”
The house, designed in 1979 by the late celebrated architect Charles Moore, is situated on a piece of land that features a lush mix of Northern California’s characteristic live oak trees and other natural growth. Urrutia purchased the home and, in collaboration with his girlfriend, designer Martha Carvalho, transformed it into a luxurious home.
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Although Urrutia would not describe himself as fanatical about green building techniques, he did reuse much of the original home's board-and-batten siding as soffit material and fencing for remodel.
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