Menlo Park, California

Site Size: 10,000 sq. ft.

Project Size: 2,000 sq. ft.

Program: Berkeley-based Terry & Terry Architecture designed a single-story addition and renovation to an existing mid-century ranch house owned by a retired couple in Menlo Park, California. Emphasizing openness and light, the addition consists of two floating wood volumes that extend from the original structure into the backyard garden.

Solution: The two wood and steel-framed volumes fan out from the original structure, leaving space in between for a glass-clad fissure overlooking the garden.
The first volume, located on the west side of the house, contains an existing bedroom and a new bedroom at the rear. To the east, the second volume contains communal spaces, including the kitchen, dining, and media areas. The east wood wall plane of the main space folds onto two concrete walls to form the main roof plane, which then extends forward to form the carport roof in front. The house was completed in September 2011.


Owner: Dr. Jose and Ann Bal

Location: 266 Santa Margarita, Menlo Park , CA 94025

Completion Date: September 2011

Gross square footage: 2,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost:  withheld at owners request.

Terry & Terry Architecture
1073 Euclid Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94708
T 510-525-0504
F 510-525-5945

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Alex Terry, Ivan Terry (both Architects)

Interior designer: TTA

Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc.
2451 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA 94110

Landscape: TTA / Trujillo Landscapes

Lighting: TTA

Acoustical: TTA

General contractor:
Timberline Construction
1540 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Bruce Damonte 

Renderer(s): Longitudinal Elevation - Alex Terry

CAD system, project management, or other software used: Archi Cad - Graphisoft


Structural system
Cast in place Concrete, Wood/steel frame

Manufacturer of structural components unique to this project: Emerald Steel

Exterior cladding
Metal/glass curtain wall: Custom frameless glass and bent glass curtain wall.

Rainscreen: Ipe wood rainscreen

Wood: Ipe wood decking, cladding

Built-up roofing: Dibiten Roofing

Metal frame:
Aluminum: Fleetwood USA Window and Doors
Bay Window: Custom Fabrication TTA

Glass: Tempered Glass Panels and(or) Sandblast Panels

Skylights: Custom

Entrances: Existing Wood

Metal doors:
Fleetwood USA Window and Doors

Wood doors:
Custom Manufactured Interior doors

Sliding doors:
Fleetwood USA Window and Doors

Locksets: Omnia

Pulls: Hafele

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Holiday Cabinets

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore, Penofin Verde

Paneling: Ipe wood strip

Flooring: Cumaru hardwood

Special interior finishes unique to this project: Custom steel open cabinet at kitchen w/ stainless steel back splash

Chairs: Piero Lissoni lounge chair

Tables: Custom Fabricated

Upholstery: Le Corbusier sofa

Interior ambient lighting: Tobias Grau

Downlights: Contrast Recessed Lighting

Exterior: Lumiere Lighting

Accessibility provision: Custom exterior ramps at rear and core of house.

Grohe Faucets, Toto toilets