Client Profile: Jim and Mike’s Remodel in San Rafael’s Fairhills Neighborhood
The spectacular living / dining / kitchen space faces west and south, with walls of windows that open up to the outdoors. The large stone deck is perfectly designed to flow from the living room, and the Fleetwood door slides open completely when weather cooperates, creating one big indoor / outdoor space.
The couple furnished the home from a variety of furniture retailers in Marin and the city, but primarily the now-closed J. Grigg furniture store that was on San Rafael’s 4th street. “It was a sad day when that store closed,” Jim remarked, “We could walk in and find everything we wanted.”
Jim and Mike, both avid gardeners, were keen to re-design the garden. They brought in queen palms from Golden Gate Palms and worked with the architect to create paths through the garden leading to the natural gas fueled fire pit. “Everyone usually gravitates there towards the end of the evening when we have a get together at our house,” he remarked.
The focal point of the dining area is the large rough-hewn wooden dining table that comfortably seats 8. The media room opens off the living room and can be closed off with pocket doors but is usually left open (unless Mike is watching one of his science fiction movies.) They also added a half bath off the new entry foyer to accommodate guests.
What’s next? Well now that they have the entertaining and living spaces taken care of, the upstairs which houses a master suite and office need some attention. Still recovering from their remodel, Mike remarked they aren’t in a big hurry to tackle that project. Jim may have other plans, however, so it may be time to call that architect again…