East Meets West
Ranch-style home incorporates East-Coast sensibility
"We were not looking to move," the wife says. "We just fell in love with the property."
At the bottom of a sloping street in Portola Valley, the property contained a 1950s house that was in need of major renovation. They ended up rebuilding most of the house, retaining only the original bedroom wing, and adding 400 square feet.
"Pretty much everything I love is East Coast," she says. The traditional feel of the new great room is enhanced by such details as transoms above the French doors, chair-rail moldings on the baseboards and casings over the doors.