Elbert & Associates - Sausalito Residence

This residential building in Sausalito, CA was originally constructed following WWII as a "vertical duplex" with two identical 800 square feet bedroom units stacked one on top of the other over a full height crawl space. We begin with two existing and one potential floor levels. The project's goal was to combine the two units into one single family residence; and to develop the former crawl space as the Owner's study (and future accessory in-law unit).

New internal stairs communicate between the three floors; and the interior was reconfigured to meet 21st Century living needs within the existing, limited floor plate. The upslope lot provides views to the San Francisco Bay. Living functions are located on the top floor to capitalize on the vistas from outdoor living on the new exterior, ipe deck.

The completely new Kitchen, expanding into borrowed space from a former closet is contiguous with and expands the living area. Each floor's bath is also completely new - providing a spacious feel within the limits of each floor's square footage. Prior to replacing all interior finishes, the structure was upgraded to comply with current seismic demands. Exterior decks running the depth of the residence were reconstructed; the cable rail system between posts increases one's sense of view to the Bay.

At the point of transition from street/parking to the Owner's deck, an organic, hand-forged entry gate welcomes one home.

Location: Sausalito, CA

Brands Used:

  • Marvin/Integrity Windows
  • La Cantina Doors
  • Ovation Doors
  • Emtek Hardware
  • Velux Skylights

Products Used:

  • Integrity Windows - picture and operating sash
  • La Cantina Bi-Fold Doors
  • Interior Doors (**)
  • Hardware (**)
  • Velux curb mounted skylights (operating and fixed models VCE and FCM).

(**) contact Christine Thatcher for order details

Architect: Elbert Associates / Stephen Elbert, Architect
3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200, Lafayette, CA

Structural Engineer: Kenneth Hughes
3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 203, Lafayette, CA

Artist/Metal Fabricator: Lowel Chaput Metalsmith
5677 Redwood Dr. #E, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Architect Firm Description: Elbert Associates (Stephen Elbert, Architect) is a design oriented firm that completes projects throughout the Bay Area. Our work encompasses single family residential as well as commercial commissions (restaurant and retail interiors; and commercial buildings). We are supported by highly respected engineering and landscape design consultants to provide the owner with an integrated project featuring quality design within a functional plan embodied in thoughtful construction documents. Stephen is also proud to be a participating architect in the MDG/Architects Cafe in Lamorinda and Alamo. 

Architect URL: www.elbertarchitecture.com

Project Photos: 
Sausalito Project - Kitchen
Sausalito Project - Dining Room and Deck
Sausalito Project - Stairwell
Sausalito Project - Master Bathroom
Sausalito Project - Guest Bathroom
Sausalito Project - Entry Gate Facade
Sausalito Project - Family Room

Project Photos

Sausalito Project - Kitchen
Sausalito Project - Dining Room and Deck
Sausalito Project - Stairwell
Sausalito Project - Master Bathroom
Sausalito Project - Guest Bathroom
Sausalito Project - Entry Gate Facade
Sausalito Project - Family Room