An existing residence sat on a lot big enough to provide 4 additional 1-bedroom units with related parking. The character of the existing house as well as that of the neighborhood was retained with gable roof forms and small-pane windows. Interiors spaces were designed with sloping ceilings and exposed trusses to add interest and volume to an otherwise efficient floor plan.
Bennett House offers senior living in an environment blessed with beautiful views, convenient shopping, close to the downtown, and efficient, functional rooms. The upper floor units feature tall ceilings for a gracious sense of space.
Maria B. Freitas Housing, San Rafael CA, 60 units
This 60-unit senior housing project includes studio & 1-bedroom units, each with its own private outdoor space. Small scale is achieved by creating a highly articulated facade. Features include: common spaces with meeting rooms and whirlpool spa; vegetable garden and common outdoor areas; gabe and hip forms reflect adjacent single-family homes; received CITY OF SAN RAFAEL DESIGN AWARD 1999.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Ecumenical Association for Housing sponsored this project of 9 affordable homes. It was necessary to locate vacant parcels adjacent to one another to facilitate team building, with each family providing "sweat equity".
Rushton-Chartock received Pacific Coast Builders Award.
Old railroad bed provides landscape link between homes.
Roof forms follow the steeply sloping hillside.
Building colors help homes blend into the hillside.
A single-family residence has been converted into a duplex by designing the 2nd unit and garages around and over the existing structure. Steel framing was used to straddle the original bungalow and compatible detailing and material assure a harmonious style.