Noted Bay Area architect Gardner Dailey designed this ranch style home in the early 1960s. The house was conceived as a series of wooded interior rooms connected along a central spine, which weaved in and out of a massive redwood grove. The main structure and its accompanying outbuildings sit on a three-acre flat site in Hillsborough, south of San Francisco.

Entry, Exterior

The original kitchen wing was designed as a domain solely for the help. The new owners needed to reconfigure and update this area for a more contemporary lifestyle. New family and breakfast rooms were also designed into the renovation.

Living Room

Given the strong presence of the original residence, it was important that these new rooms were seamlessly incorporated. Rich redwood paneling, well crafted pine structural trusses, and slate floors were prevalent throughout the house; accordingly, matching elements were continued into the renovated areas. The trusses were surreptitiously reinforced with steel members to bring the design up to current seismic codes.


Margaret Simon refurnished the interiors throughout; furniture with an Outdoor style and moss-colored carpets were selected to reinforce the connection to the gardens beyond. John McLaren, the famed designer of Golden Gate Park, had created the original gardens for the home. Ron Herman gracefully updated these gardens adding new Italian Renaissance and Japanese components in homage to the original landscape.

Photos by Matthew Millman