Mill Valley Residence
A new second unit for Ted Bonneau’s mother-in-law at their home on the base of Mount Tamalpais above the town of Mill Valley. There was a project in the 1980s to transform the existing carport under the house into a guest suite. The space was limited, without a kitchen and also was obviously a converted carport. This project included an increase in the building footprint for a larger and more inviting space with a full kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. New beams supporting the existing upper level are clad in vertical grain Douglas fir creating a coffered ceiling. Douglas fir was also used for the new windows and doors, trim and new build-in cabinetry. Cork flooring, soapstone counters and a marsh scene customer tile kitchen backsplash with herons and dragonflies transform the kitchen into a piece of art rather than simply a utilitarian kitchen, which is along one wall of the enlarged living room. The bathroom was refinished with a serine, calming material palette. The exterior was designed to have a porch-like feel with trimmed out posts and beams under a hip roof. The result is a nice place to live with a ‘cottage feel’ that specifically was requested by Ted’s mother-in-law.
Completed in 2008
Structural Engineer: Anthony Alegria, PE