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Comfortably Contemporary

Purchased about six years ago, this Streng home in Central Davis has undergone a MAJOR re-design by local architect Maria Ogrydziak and its savvy homeowners. Originally a 2000 square foot, four bedroom and two bath, the home has expanded to 3600 square feet, five bedrooms and four baths. This eye-catching home sits on a generous, quarter acre lot and  appears smaller from the street-side.  Ogrydziak took care to maintain the home’s original footprint moving interior walls and building upwards instead of out.  The homeowners lived in their home throughout the remodel and found both their architect and general contractor, Pete Martinez of PJM Construction (916-224-1531), to be extremely hands-on and collaborative.  The goals of the project were to update the infra-structure with improved energy-efficiency, incorporate contemporary style and include warm environments for entertaining and hosting overnight guests.

Linear lines and concrete exterior can be harsh; however, here, the landscape details, redwood siding and pumpkin hues not only add architectural interest and personality, but a warm invitation to sit and stay awhile. The expansive concrete wall serves as a screen for the show of morning shadows with scenes changing throughout the day.

One of the many seating areas…. This one is just off the home office with a lovely view of a fountain and formal citrus tree garden. During the morning of my picture taking, several birds were enjoying the water and sunshine – an added bonus to view from the many windows.

The redwood siding in the rear exterior grounds the two-story structure and camouflages the towering effect of the addition. Varying-sized windows and sliders allow for maximum interior light and exterior interest. Michael Mui of Mui Technology Solutions (916-698-0299) worked with the homeowners to incorporate an indoor and outdoor sound system, as well as a multi-functioning, state of the art, security system.

The view from the pool into the living areas and kitchen is as beautiful as it is inside the home looking out to the landscaped backyard.  German Olmeda of German Landscaping maintains the grounds and is highly recommended by the homeowners (530-383-4298).

What to do with blank, solid, double-doors? Paint a mural, of course! And that’s just what the homeowner did…..In a day, no less! In fact, much of the art throughout the home was painted or sculpted by the homeowner or their family members. The life and “movement” from the art adds so much to the home and is something to behold, truly. Not only do the colors breathe life into each space, but the scale of the each work is perfectly proportioned.

The flooring throughout the home is all Brazilian Koa hardwood – also referred to as Tigerwood. It’s a dense hardwood found in tropical climates. When harvested and prepared for consumer-use dark brown to black streaking highlights the lighter brown surface, and can be stained as desired. It is a much sought after exotic flooring option due to its durability and unique appearance.

This family-living area offers two zones: an intimate, fireside spot with a pair of leather chairs begging for conversation and a glass of wine; the large sectional and wall-mount flat screen offer a comfortable option for small and large groups to movie-watch. Notice the trio of canvases – another example of the homeowner’s talent and love for the ocean, especially those visited on special vacations.  The sculptures on the custom mantel are part of a collection from the homeowner’s mother.

The sublime kitchen is in-between the family room and the billiards room offering a central location for continuous conversation while preparing meals and entertaining. The granite countertops have a luxurious, dry leather finish and require a second look for identification as does the tile flooring selection….not Travertine or marble, but a tasteful procelain tile.
The cabinets making up the kitchen’s island are “wrapped” with the granite – expertly fabricated by David Kuhnel of Silverado Stone Designs (916-852-6868).

This Benvenuto Built In Coffee Machine by Bosch in stainless steel is a luxury in any kitchen with coffee lovers.  And in this kitchen it’s a show stopper! Look how pretty that machine is!

And this contemporary twist on the gooseneck sink faucet……..It’s sculpture in the kitchen!

The homeowners selected a combination of Kenmore and Bosch appliances, and their contractor Pete Martinez, expertly hand-crafted cabinetry to surround them. The slim-line stainless drawer and cabinet pulls are subtle yet add the perfect touch of contemporary to otherwise simple cabinets. You wouldn’t expect them to be from IKEA, but they are! Don’t you love that – budget and luxury side by side…. A+ to the homeowners!

The billiards room is a fun and unexpected entertaining space just off the kitchen with window views of the backyard pool. The pair of framed mirrors flanking the concrete fireplace exterior create symmetry in the room and reflect the kitchen’s beautiful design.

More art and strategic lighting over the bar keep the eye interested in every inch of this home.

One of the original rooms of this Streng home was updated with ribbed glass, adding much needed light yet maintaining privacy.

The homeowners found this unique granite at Natural Stone in Sacramento and had Silverado Stone Designs (916-852-6868) prepare it for the cabinetry custom-made by PJM Construction (916-224-1531).

Now this color is bold, no doubt. It is so dramatically perfect for this double-height entry with tree-top windows – the photo does not do justice to how perfect the impact is upon entry of the home. If you’ve never been a lover of contemporary design, you just might reconsider after seeing this architectural backdrop. Next to the white, simple wood trim and minimal decoration it is wonderful! And with beauty also comes function in this home – an entry closet includes a genius lazy Susan for shoes!

The homeowners repeat the color upstairs near a landing with a vase and wood spirals in natural.

Now this is where things continue to get exciting! How amazing are these light fixtures? Are they made to resemble translucent sea anemones or transparent flowers? You be the judge. But near the upstairs windows it’s all artfully planned. The rectangular window letting in the tree-top view seems to be a seasonally-changing art piece. Can you imagine the different views titled  “Spring”, “Summer”, “Fall” and “Winter”?  I half declared – half questioned the homeowner about the gorgeous light fixtures, “Lumens!?” She replied, “Lamps Plus.” …Gasp!

What’s with the metal door? A safe? No. A nuclear-free zone? No, well maybe – isn’t all of Davis supposed to be?….That metal door is actually a motorized-retractable storm door hiding the washing machine and dryer! How clever is that? A Paloma tankless water heater provides energy-efficiency in the home.

The master bedroom has its own seating area and gas-insert fireplace. The park-like view takes one away while staying at home.

The corner tub is surrounded with granite. His and her sinks have onyx slab counter tops and polished nickel faucets. The flooring is another unique feature, leather finish tile.

The homeowners wanted to maintain the original footprint and its mid-century modern roots, while adding a contemporary aesthetic and personal art collections. Architect Maria Ogrydziak expertly designed a transformation taking in consideration the homesite and the homeowners’ lifestyle. Keeping in mind Davis’ history of mid-century modern architecture, this Streng update in the Central Davis is nothing less than spectacular!

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