Design Build Firm
Describe the featured project.
We had the pleasure of completing another custom home in collaboration with local architect Doug Leach. C&C Partners constructed this 4,800-square-foot Coastal Transitional home, conceived around the idea of relaxed entertaining for the whole family. The clients wanted an open feeling with lots of space, including four bedrooms, five baths and a billiard room large enough for entertaining while showcasing their extensive sports memorabilia collection. The color palette is simple, with most of the rooms framed in light-colored walls with coffered ceilings, while dark wood floors throughout add warmth and contrast.
The kitchen features leathered granite countertops with a backsplash of narrow, white subway tile, and a natural quartzite island sitting below a pair of industrial pendant lights. White wood cabinets with glass doors and stainless steel appliances keep the room light and bright, set off by the dark wood breakfast nook dinette and leather bar stools. A spot of whimsy was created in the powder room, where patterned marble and glass bathroom tiles cover the back wall.
Creating a large backyard was central to this project, as it needed to support adult entertaining and child and pet playtime while maintaining a sense of peace and relaxation. Fortunately, the natural upsloping of the lot accommodated the option of doing an oversized, tuck-under garage, allowing the architect to pull the whole house forward to produce the desired outdoor space. The yard includes a fully covered seating area with overhead heaters and a fireplace across from a water feature with hidden speakers, as well as a full-sized BBQ, pizza oven, smoker, ice maker, beer cooler and lots of storage. Paradise found!
What are some ways you make spaces multifunctional?
Space is often a premium in the South Bay, where lots in the Beach Cities average around 3,400 square feet. Multiuse spaces within a home are key to maximizing comfort and functionality. The easiest way to add optional function is through furniture. Side tables that double as seating or hideaway beds in an office or playroom give homeowners more space for guests. Placing bunk beds in a children’s room is a classic solution for insufficient space, and many now feature built-in desks, bookshelves and drawers for additional storage. Play areas or a reading and conversation space can be created by constructing a loft within an existing room. A tub can be tucked into a bedroom corner, and pullout wardrobes for clothes can be installed, which could also work as toy storage or for bedding. If you have a stairway, consider building a storage closet underneath. There are many options for better use of space, and creativity is key.
Photographed by Shane O’Donnell