Orinda Residence - Casa California

Spanish Hacienda style

This home was designed by Kristi while she worked as an Architect for Peter G. Shutts in Pleasanton,CA. Built by Michael Touhy of Live Oak Company, the home is on a single floor to accommodate the client's desire to 'age in place'. The Casa California style was inspired by the local historic Spanish Haciendas and incorporates outdoor living with a courtyard, several loggias, and expansive patios which include a fountain, a hot tub, and a swimming pool. The open and flowing floor plan works exceptionally well for large gatherings but also feels comfortable for just two through the use of smaller conversation areas and cozy functional spaces. The use of thickened arches, stucco walls, Spanish tile roofs, and decorative tile accents give this romantic Spanish revival home a timeless feel.

Location:Northern/ Central California
Style:Spanish/ Mediterranean
Architect:Kristi Thompson - MWA, Inc.
Builder:Live Oak Company
Photographer:GP Martin

We purchased our home new around 20 years ago and we wanted a firm to guide us in a transformation that would include the addition of 2 more bedrooms, a wine cellar, a spa and expanded family room. After interviewing several design firms we choose to work with Kristi and her team at MWA and we are very satisfied with our choice.

The project was extensive and included an excavation under the existing home to add a third floor and expansion of the home’s footprint to accommodate access to the 3 floors. MWA developed a creative floor plan and brought their engineering expertise to a rather complex project. The project is recently completed and we are very pleased with the results and we now have a beautiful home with plenty of room for our grandchildren and guests.

KI Kimball & Marianne Igleheart