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This website has looked at the work of the Bay Area’s top residential architects in California’s Wine Country, most prestigious residential architects, and best interior designers. To make the beautiful designs by these architects a reality, it requires skilled and dedicated general contractors. Throughout Sonoma, there are stunning homes, whether on a hilltop in Healdsburg, the edge of a vineyard in Sonoma, or on a sprawling ranch in Sebastopol. The builders behind these high-end residences are masters at working with varied materials, overcoming challenging worksites, and implementing difficult and innovative designs. And with a climate ideal for indoor/outdoor living, these companies know how to blur the line between the home’s interior and the nature surrounding it.
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Just south of San Francisco, the Peninsula offers peaceful natural settings, gorgeous views, exclusive suburban living, and is home to some of the world’s top companies. And the quiet towns that make up this area hold some of the most intriguing and beautiful homes in the Bay Area. From Palo Alto to the outrageously expensive Atherton and Woodside, exclusive Menlo Parks, Hillsborough, Burlingame, and throughout the many other quiet towns neighborhoods where Silicon Valley’s visionaries live — the architects on this list have designed some of the area’s best homes.
In an area traditionally filled with Craftsman, Spanish, and Tudor style homes, the architects on this list are masters at integrating new, challenging building forms without compromising neighborhood aesthetics. They are among the few architects adding modern and contemporary homes to these areas and are pushing local architectural ideas forward.
The efforts in this region by these architects have been rewarded with countless industry awards and wide publication. Indeed, among the architects on this list are those lucky few who have been picked from the bunch to design for Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Oracle CEO David Elliston, among many other high profile area residents. Below is a list of the ten best residential architects in the Peninsula.
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Northern California’s wine country is notorious for its world-class wineries, top restaurants, and beautiful landscapes. And tucked among these highlights are amazing homes designed by some of the best architects in the country. There is a casual elegance to the homes in this area. Their architecture takes direct cues from the beautiful landscape and relaxed style of living of Napa and Sonoma.
These architects design wine country homes to reflect the expansive views of rolling hills, valleys, and sprawling vineyards. Many have a feeling of a retreat, inviting their owners to slow down and admire the bountiful lands before them. It is not uncommon to see homes made of natural materials, making them look as though they have always belonged there. And these architects are masters at site planning and positioning a home to take advantage of the views.
We looked at hundreds of architects to pick the best residential wine country architects. Some of these firms may be located in San Francisco, Sonoma, Napa, and across the Peninsula — but the exceptional work they do in Napa and Sonoma makes them dream choices for new home designs and the renovation of the area’s historic homes into elevated, 21st-century estates.
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When most people think of California Wine Country, they understandably think of the delicious wines. But as impressive as the wines of Napa and Sonoma are, the estates on which they are grown, perfected, and enjoyed are equally as worthy of praise. As you travels around windy roads and lush hillsides in Napa and Sonoma, you will find world-class wineries in districts such as Oakville and Rutherford. These celebrated vineyards deserve facilities that showcase the fine quality of their wines, and for this, they turn to the architects on this list – the best nine winery architects in Wine Country.
Not only do these architects design stunning wine tastings rooms and visitor’s centers, but they have to have the technical knowledge and creative design skills to create wine caves, fermentation cellars, and barrel storage. They have the range to design for small, family-run vineyards and large, world-class wineries. Their projects range from modernist structures to rustic barns that blend in with the local aesthetic. But they are all expertly designed and positioned to highlight the gorgeous landscapes Napa and Sonoma offer.
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As a world-class city, San Francisco is home to some of the best architects and architectural firms from across the globe. These decorated architects continue a long tradition in the city of pushing the field of architectural design forward. From Spanish Colonization, through the Gold Rush, multiple massive earthquakes, and numerous periods of rapid development, looking at city’s buildings and the men and women who designed them tells a fascinating story of the history of the city itself.
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San Francisco is home to some of the world’s most recognizable, profitable, and fastest-growing companies. And behind every successful company is a workspace. This is where these architects come in. Included on this list are architects who have built some of the most inspired offices and campuses in the Bay Area. Given the impressive portfolio of companies that call San Francisco home, it is no surprise that some of these offices are almost too amazing to believe. Specifics vary based on the company, but throughout this list you will find spaces with the most modern technology, fantastic hang-out areas, in-house cafes, restaurants, and bars, and some truly creative solutions to encourage collaboration. Read on to learn about the architects who designed campuses for Facebook, Yelp, Linkedin, and Yahoo!, the headquarters of Airbnb, Dropbox, Skype, and Twitter, and offices for Uber, Yelp, Pandora, and Microsoft.
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The Bay Area has some of the world’s top residential architectural practices. (If there was any doubt, check out our list of the city’s Top Residential Architects). So it only makes sense then that the region would also be home to top-of-the-line interior designers to make those spaces into the perfect homes. Many of the designers included on this list have worked repeatedly with the top architectural firms. They work in San Francisco’s most fashionable neighborhoods and on magnificent homes set in the stunning landscapes that surround the city. Included are designers who have been invited to some of the country’s most exclusive showcases, two designers on the elite AD100, and multiple designers who have been featured on HGTV. Whether they are designing for clients where money is no matter, creating fun homes for active families, or cleverly making the most of small city apartments on smaller budgets – these ten designers have been picked from hundreds as the best of the best in San Francisco residential interior design.
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Recently, I re-walked every street in San Francisco’s Richmond District, the neighborhood I grew up in. Going through those streets, we picked the recently built and renovated homes with the best design and craftsmanship. With that, we present here the selection of our favorite homes, along with the architects who designed them and the contractors who made them. The designs are sorted by the different streets in the neighborhood. Stay tuned for updates!
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Just immediately east of the Presidio, the Marina District is one of the best-known neighborhoods of San Francisco. Particularly, the district was the site of 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition that celebrated the city’s resilience and resurgence after the devastating 1906 earthquake. Today, the Palace of Fine Arts is found here, the sole survivor of that era. The district is also notable for being virtually unchanged since the homes were first constructed in the 1920s. With outdoor access, shopping, dining and bay front views this neighborhood is wonderful. We decided to walk into the neighborhood to check-out the newly designed and remodeled homes, and select our bests and favorites. Here are our favorite homes in the neighborhood, together with the architects and contractors that (re)built them. Check them out below and stay tuned for more updates!
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Found immediately southwest of the Presidio, Seacliff sits on the cliffs between Baker Beach and Lands End. As a relatively late addition to San Francisco, the entire neighborhood was originally designed in a single master plan and has stone pillars at its entrances. With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, some of the most well-known celebrities have lived in this northwestern neighborhood of the city. This area is home to some of the most premiere and exclusive pieces of real estate out there. We were really curious about what new designs were coming into the area. We present here our favorite newly-designed homes in Seacliff, along with the architects and contractors that made these homes top-notch. Stay tuned!
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