2023 RDAA | Architectural Interiors | Redwood Cottage | Richardson Pribuss Architects

The renovation of this small cottage resulted in a more direct entry sequence and an exposed third gable that was hidden by a shed-roofed addition. But apart from these critical foundational moves, it was the interiors that wowed the jury. “For such a small building, it feels airy and clean, and that’s hard to do in this medium,” a judge noted. They applauded the sawtooth ceilings, as well as the new windows that bend up into the roof in the living room, dining room, and primary bedroom. “It isn’t a sunny site but an iconic Mill Valley site with the stream and redwoods,” explains Heidi Richardson, FAIA. “With the two windows that face the stream and fold up into skylights, you get the redwoods and the stream together. As you move around in that space, you’re always aware of that.”

The removal of a central Tahoe-like stone fireplace also cleared sight lines through the house, and a bedroom was sacrificed to enlarge the entryway. “We grew the house in the front by around 90 square feet, but all of a sudden that gave us a strong rectangle in which to put the kitchen, dining, living areas,” Heidi says. Praising the “great detailing,” a judge noted that it “feels warm and livable, like a lovely place to be.”

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Architectural Interiors

Richardson Pribuss Architects
Redwood Cottage
Marin County, California

Project Credits

Architect: Heidi Richardson, AIA, and Andrew Pribuss, AIA, Richardson Pribuss Architects, Mill Valley, California

Builder: Abacus Builders, Corte Madera, California

Interior designer: Jack Dakin and Danielle Velasco, Richardson Pribuss Architects

Landscape architect: Gretchen Whittier, Arterra Landscape Architects, San Francisco

Structural engineer: Turbin Structural Engineering, Mill Valley, California

Project size: 1,600 square feet

Site size: 0.18 acre

Construction cost: Withheld

Photography: Thibault Cartier

Key Products

Cladding: Nusky Fireblock

Countertops: M. Teixtera soapstone, custom hemlock

Decking: Western red cedar

Dishwasher: Miele

Engineered lumber: Douglas fir

Entry doors: Sun Valley Bronze hardware, Della Lever

Faucets: Dornbracht

Fireplace: Ortal

Flooring: Dinesen white oak

Foundation: Helical piers

Hardware: Rocky Mountain Hardware

Icemaker: Sub-Zero

Lighting: Unique Lighting, Allied Maker spot, StickBulb pendant

Ovens/Dishwasher: Miele

Paint: Benjamin Moore Hidden Falls 712 (exterior); C2 Scallywag 727 (kitchen cabinets)

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Shower enclosure/Tub: Kohler

Sinks: Blanco, Haussmann Natural Stone

Skylights: Royalite 

Toilets: TOTO

Tub: Kohler

Wallboard: EcoStucco lime plaster

Windows: Jada