Site size: 5 acres

Project size: 640 square feet (remodel + addition)

Program: A single-family house was expanded to include a new guest suite; the existing bedroom, master bath, kitchen, and family room were remodeled.

Location: Los Gatos, California

Solution: The existing one-story house is anchored by a new two-story volume—a punctuation mark and counterpoint to the existing composition. The design of the expansion and remodeling is inspired by the textures of the site: boulders, bark, and leaves. The addition is clad in traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban burnt cedar siding.

Construction and materials: Wood frame construction with shou sugi ban burnt wood siding.

Additional Information

Gross square footage: 5,000 square feet

Total project cost: withheld

Client: withheld



Schwartz and Architecture
860 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco, CA 94107


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Original Building Architects: Min | Day (Design Architect); Burks Toma (Architect Of Record)
Schwartz and Architecture: Neil O-Shea, Joshua Yoches, Wyatt Arnold (registered architect), Paul Burgin, Aaron Goldman

Architect of record:

Neal Schwartz



Structural Engineer: iAssociates

General contractor:

MD Construction



Matthew Millman





Structural System


Exterior Cladding

Wood: Shou Sugi Ban burnt siding by Delta Millworks


Metal frame: Fleetwood windows

Interior Finishes

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Floor and wall tile: Royal Mosa - floor tile in bathroom; Oceanside Glass tile - wall tile