INTERIOR DESIGN REMODELING RECOMMENDATIONS. See at the bottom.
Moving to Belvedere Tiburon, and other parts of Marin. The importance of Remodeling and Interior Design of your new home. We describe some procedures and Design Build Logistics. Following we make recommendations for those planning to move to the San Francisco Bay area, or Marin County.
This story is dedicted to the client and owner who recently past away my dear frien MZ†. His dear wfe calls me from Austria for consultation after so long.
David a realtor friend whom we had bought from our own Tiburon Home 10 years before, called to introduce us to a client that had just bought a View condominium from him in Belvedere Tiburon.
We met the client at the site and agreed to gut the unit entirely down to the structure. Then designed the basic layout, for him overnight to approve the next day as he was going back home to Austria. When asked what color? He replied, “Green, but one that says good morning”
This 900 ft. 2 apartment with a San Francisco Bay and Financial District view, is celebrating its 20 anniversary, of being designed and completed by Jerry Jacobs Design.
Before and After. Interior Design Remodeling of shell is completed. Polar Ash wood floor replacing carpet, less walls open kitchen, mirrored back wall, wet bar.
Sloped arm sofa, mint leather with white welting. Entry glass top Console over cast some corbels.
From the entrance you can see the living room as well as the deck.
The unit was entirely gutted down, a second level in a 3 level condo, then made structural changes and mechanical updates, and installed all new finishes, lighting, fixtures and built ins. When they returned after six months, the space was totally new, hence we accomplished our goal. Later we went shopping together for the furniture. It is still there looking just the same.
To reflect the Bay Views and enlarge the small space, the back wall is mirrored, even the kitchen window facing the garage, now reflect the water view. The Bath mirror was so large it had to be introduced before installing the sheetrock on the walls.
Living room. Mint leather loveseat with white contrasting welt. Italian travertine coffee table, and custom furniture. Meiji period Silver screen tarnished over 200 years, serves as living area backdrop.
Open home office with fireplace includes new concealed wet bar.
The vaulted ceiling bath includes a bathtub jetted spa, his and hers sinks, hot towel dryer, electrified make up mirror, and wall attached hair dryer ( so he wouldn’t have to carry).
Meiji period Japanese screen. Characterless and tarnished from silver to antiqued gold.
Below from the console to the built-in wet bar. Mirrored back wall, new fireplace. Not too much mirror, it worked to expand the small space and to reflect the San Francisco Bay views, multiplying the view assets.
When they are gone, which is most of the time, the bifold doors close the Bar entirely. Very clean and very easy to clean.
Mirrored backsplash. I agree it is not the best idea for everyone. But for a pied-à-terre, it is not bad as going out is essential. Usually cooking is simple and has worked this past 20 years.
One of the nicest compliments we receive is a client showing us how the space, our work , has lasted and has been enjoyed, for many years without need for change……
If your designs turn out to be “timeless, it means not only that they are functional but that they were styled correctly. Remember “Fashion Changes but Style remains forever” YSL.
For more on this project please visit Belvedere Tiburon Pied-à-Terre
Very few things have changed, certainly the TV in the bedroom was replaced for a flat screen, fitting in the same lift provided. Storage has been the only issue as the couple have become painters and canvas storage is an issue. They also spend more time in this their second home as they are working less back home.
We are now proposing our signature wall to wall cabinet for at the entrance. Below.
Ten years before doing the Pied-à-Terre, my wife and I discovered Belvedere Tiburon, and moved from Pacific Heights, San Francisco. The weather was better, schools for our 2 year old daughter were good, and the views were more affordable. My commute in those days to the Embarcadero Center was pretty good too.
On weekends we would cross the Golden Gate, in our convertible and spend time in Marin, the Beaches, woods and the cafes by the water in Sausalito and Tiburon, and it made a lot of sense. It was warmer in Marin. First we looked in Sausalito. A friend from NY in the restaurant business took me to Sam’s Café in Tiburon. I hadn’t been, and realized in Tiburon-Belvedere it was easier to match two, “View and Sun”.
We started looking and realized we couldn’t afford what we wanted. Then we meet David a realtor at an open house, and mentioned we could not afford the prices, so we asked for a shack but one with a view. He asked to meet after 5pm, we liked the house and purchased it on the spot, so to speak.
A great view. The house was well kept, but it needed some work. A couple years later we knew what we wanted, so we did a part of it. Our Interior Design remodeling increased our footprint 500 sf.ft. and a deck of the same size, and converted a den to a third bedroom, a third bath and a home office with its on entrance.
Current real estate conditions.
We are not realtors, but we understand that current conditions are similar to San Francisco; growth and high demand with low inventory. Therefore a seller market. Belvedere Tiburon, or Southern Marin, is a sprawl of San Francisco, in many ways, this being one of them.
Below we list some recommendations and issues you might want to consider.
A lot of people tell you to settle down first, in the House you just bought, so you understand it or make the most out of it; the longer you live in a place, the more you learn about its Architecture and Interior Design, or the more you understand how they work, and the better solutions you might come up with.
While the above is true, it is also true, that professionals designers, are able to see issues and understand up front. And it is also true, that you get used to, not living as well as you could…
We recommend you have a professional look at the space, when you buy it and before you move in. It is always easier to do upfront work, when you are still living elsewhere.
However this might not be possible, you might already be on the move, not have another place meantime and so on. Designers should be able to help you at any stage and with any challenge you might have.
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