Custom Homes

Santa Cruz Summit
Santa Cruz County, California

This 6,500 square foot home is being built on speculation on a mountaintop overlooking Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and the Pacific Ocean. The house features a Great Room with indoor garden, Wine Room, Gourmet Kitchen, Roof Deck, Guest Suite and a Master Suite with exterior garden decks. The $1.5 million Modern home will have water coursing through it -- under the floor below clear glass panels -- which will then pour over the deck edge and cascade into the pool below. A roof-to-grade waterfall will drop in front of the main stairwell windows, forming a creek to the reflecting pond below. A commercial music studio will be located adjacent to the negative-edge waterfall from the pool to the Grand Patio below.

Santa Cruz SummitSanta Cruz County, California

The Aerie
San Diego, California

This rooftop perch was designed for a writer-couple, who wanted a remote place above their home to have their morning coffee, write and enjoy sliver views of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The AerieSan Diego, California

Tsunami PB
San Diego, California

This roof deck over a California Bungalo was inspired by the tidal wave which is predicted to wash over Pacific Beach when "The Big One" (earthquake) hits. The project, featuring a spiral stair to the home's rear patio below, a gangway to the split-level deck, a sun deck with steel wave rail, and a sail-shaded spa deck with concealed below-deck cooler and sound system.

Tsunami PBSan Diego, California

Lawrence-Black Residence
San Diego, California

This 5,500 square-foot custom home was built in 1994 for the late developer Robert S. Lawrence. The four-level home features a central atrium, four bedrooms, a Gourmet Kitchen, a pool, spa and cabana on the canyon-level deck, and an upper level Master Suite with panoramic views of Point Loma, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Overlooking historic Old Town, this modern design was tempered by Craftsman detailing to acknowledge the prevalence of the Craftsman Style in Mission Hills. The home was published in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine in 1998.

Lawrence-Black ResidenceSan Diego, California

Gehrig Residence
San Diego, California

We were commissioned to design a remodel of and addition to the former Lawrence-Black Residence in 2013. The project involves build-out of the existing courtyard, addition of a new Retreat and second Master Bath, a negative-edge pool and a new 1,000 sf Guest House built into the canyon, with windows between the daylight basement suite and the pool.

Gehrig ResidenceSan Diego, California

Stefano Residence
La Jolla, California

This project involved demolition of all but the foundation and 50% of the exterior walls, to receive exemption from the California Coastal Commission's Coastal Development Permit process. The 1,900 square foot rebuild features a Gourmet Kitchen, Great Room, Theater, Master Suite and Guest Suite, and has breathtaking views of La Jolla, the Pacific Ocean and whitewater at Birdrock Beach.

Stefano ResidenceLa Jolla, California

Pearlman Residence
La Jolla, California

We were commissioned to remodel the former Stefano Residence by its new owner in 2010. The project involves a 250-square foot office addition, complete interior remodeling of the interior and addition of a 400 square foot roof deck. The deck with kitchenette features panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, and will afford coastline views from Calafia in Baja California Mexico to La Jolla Cove.

Pearlman ResidenceLa Jolla, California

Habib Residence
Carlsbad, California

This 1,100 square foot, two-story addition and 1,400 square foot interior remodel of a former tract home was featured in San Diego Decorating Magazine. The water drop-inspired plan is oriented toward sweeping views of Batiquitos Lagoon, Encinitas and the Pacific Ocean. Design features include a two-story library with rolling ladder on one side and ship's ladder to a catwalk on the other, a new Master Suite above the new Family Room and a circular Dining Room which links the existing Living Room to the remodeled Kitchen with an open plan. The project was published in San Diego Decorating Magazine.

Habib ResidenceCarlsbad, California

Fetko Residence
Poway, California

Dr. Dennis Fetko PhD is a renowned expert in training of guide animals for people with disabilities. A decorated war hero and Vietnam Veteran, Dr. Fetko lost his house in the 2007 Witch Creek Fire. We offered heavily discounted services to Dr. Fetko, and are currently assisting him in negotiations with his lender and his insurance company to build this house on his property. Dr. Fetko is particularly interested in building a home which is both sustainable and fire-resistant. Under his direction, we have incorporated passive and active solar systems, greywater systems, rainwater catchment, natural ventilation, daylighting and green roof systems. We have also incorporated three used shipping containers in the design, which save money and replace the use of forest products with reuse of an otherwise worthless steel container.

Fetko ResidencePoway, California

The Shores Place
La Jolla, California

Two blocks from La Jolla Shores Beach, this 3,800 square foot two-story home has a central atrium gallery with winding stair, a Gourmet Kitchen, Master Suite, two smaller Bedrooms and a Guest Suite and a Roof Deck with views of the Pacific Ocean. At the basement level are a Wine Vault and Tasting Room and an Exercise Room. A water feature runs along the south wide of the home, for visual and audible enhancement. The 4,200 square foot home features a grand staircase, with an art gallery flanking the north wide of the atrium. A pond feeds a recirculating creek along the south side of the house, for visual and audible enjoyment and as a reference to the nearby ocean.

The Shores PlaceLa Jolla, California

Hawk Street Residence
San Diego, California

For this complete remodel of a 1910-era Sears Kit Home, we added an 850 square-foot second-story addition to the existing 950 square-foot single-story structure. The project in San Diego's prestigious Mission Hills neighborhood has views of Pioneer Park and of the Pacific Ocean from the upper floor. Design features include a gourmet kitchen, a vaulted foyer, great room, home office, second-floor patio, master suite and a roof deck with outdoor fireplace.

Hawk Street ResidenceSan Diego, California

Kleege Residence
San Diego, California

This 5,600 square foot, two-story custom home with full basement is in Bay Park. The site has panoramic views of Point Loma, Mission Bay, La Jolla Mesa, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and the ocean beyond. The home was designed in the Spanish Mediterranean Style. Project features include a recreation room with home theater, full bar and shuffleboard, a wine room with tasting area, a gourmet kitchen, a library, large master bedroom with study and separate suites for the children’s bedrooms. The roof deck above the garage serves as a stage, as the owners entertain often and host large block parties in their neighborhood.

Kleege ResidenceSan Diego, California

Ghazal Residence Pool House
Redlands, California

This 3,800 square foot pool house was designed in 2009 and built in 2010. The structure features an open-air pavilion with grand fireplace, a full kitchen with wet bar, a game room, and exercise room and a full roof deck. A water slide winds past the new spa and into the two-level pool below. A negative-edge waterfall provides views into the lower pool from the fire pit-centered seating area.

Ghazal Residence Pool HouseRedlands, California

Seheult Residence Pavilion
Redlands. California

This 3,500 square foot pool house was designed in 2007, together with the lush landscape and unique pool design. Often used for weddings by the owners' church family, the structure features a full kitchen, a game room with large walk-in fireplace, wet bar and barbeque, and a roof deck with fireplace and a bridge to the main house with covered walkway below.

Seheult Residence PavilionRedlands. California

Smith Residence
Poway, California

This 8,500 square foot custom home features a great room with breakfast nook and gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, a den with aquarium wall, separate suites for the owners' three sons, a second floor master suite, a game room with full bar and maid’s quarters. A 650 square foot cabana is oriented toward the spa and swimming pool, with a large existing boulder serving as a diving platform.

Smith ResidencePoway, California

Dahlen Residence
La Jolla, California

This 6,000 square foot custom home was designed and built in 1998 for the owner of Old Town Mexican Café in San Diego. The home features a large master suite, a guest suite, a study, a large formal dining room, an open kitchen with breakfast bar, a wine vault and an underground game room. The Mediterranean design is oriented toward panoramic views of downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean.

Dahlen ResidenceLa Jolla, California

Ortlieb Residence
Oceanside, California

This two-story, 3,400 square-foot addition over an existing beach house is perched on an oceanfront bluff in South Oceanside. Project amenities include a 45-foot lap pool and deck, a three-stop residential elevator, vaulted ceilings with exposed cedar beams and Mexican paver tiles throughout.

Ortlieb ResidenceOceanside, California

Madden Residence
Oceanside, California

Ehm Architecture was retained to design this 650 square foot second-story addition to this French Provincial style home. The house is located directly across the street from Ortlieb Residence and two doors down from Frolander Residence, which we also designed. The home has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. We added a hobby room, a guest bedroom with vaulted ceilings and a guest bathroom.

Madden ResidenceOceanside, California

Frolander Residence
Oceanside, California

This 1,250 square foot subterranean addition to an existing 5,000 square foot residence was completed in 1993. The project, on the Pacific Coast, involved temporary shoring of the entire structure, to allow for construction of a 13-foot high concrete restraining wall, installation of cantilevered glu-lam beams and excavation of a 24-foot tunnel that tied into the existing elevator shaft. Design elements include a three-stop hydraulic elevator, a full bar with soda fountain, and a test cooking kitchen for the restauranteur owners. We also assisted the owner with escrow assistance and business services for his sale of a restaurant and transfer of ownership in a liquor store.

Frolander ResidenceOceanside, California

Buck Residence
Blossom Valley, California

This three story 7,000 s.f. custom home was designed for CJ Buck, Vice President of Buck Knives Inc., for his family home. Perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Jennings, the home required blasting of 300 cubic yards of granite for the daylight basement. The house was designed in a hybrid of the Victorian and Craftsman styles, and features exposed heavy timber framing at vaulted ceiling areas.

Buck ResidenceBlossom Valley, California

Sound Beams
Harstine Island, Washington

This 4,600 square foot, three-story home is located at water’s edge on Puget Sound. The home is oriented toward views of the Sound, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. The timberframe structure was milled and erected by Timbercraft Homes, who used traditional joinery details with doweled fastenings. A guest house is built into the second floor of the four-car garage, which was designed to match the main house. The home has a wine vault, a wood shop and a boat storage bay at the water level. Design features include a vaulted living room, gourmet kitchen, game room, a study and a children’s play loft.

Sound BeamsHarstine Island, Washington

Konzen Residence
Poway, California

This 3,500 square foot custom home is on located one-half mile from the Old Coach Golf Course. The design features a greenhouse and master bedroom with enclosed sun room and guest quarters. The home is situated on a granite-covered blufftop overlooking the golf course and the valley beyond, with dramatic scenery in all directions.

Konzen ResidencePoway, California

Beasley Residence
Pasco, Washington

This two-story addition to an existing duplex in Eastern Washington features an adobe-style exterior with views from the balcony to the adjacent Columbia River. Flagstone columns accent the heavy timber deck and trellis, while rooflines match the low roof pitch of the existing duplex.

Beasley ResidencePasco, Washington

Gill Residence
Chula Vista, California

Ehm Architecture designed the remodel and 1,400 square foot addition to this home for a commissioned naval officer. We incorporated details and forms that recall naval architecture. We discovered later that the home had been built as naval housing in the 1950’s. The project is on hold pending Mr. Gill’s return from deployment overseas.

Gill ResidenceChula Vista, California

Gilbert Residence
Seabeck, Washington

This replacement home is being done for a long-time family friend, whose fiancée’s home was destroyed by fire. The exterior design is in harmony with the surrounding woods, recalling the timber-frame typology of Northwest homes. The interior will be Modern Industrial, celebrating the owner’s career in shipyard repair work. Clerestory windows bring daylight into all areas of the second floor, and a semi-private spa under the deck features sloped wood slats for privacy, while preserving views to the distant Olympic Mountains.

Gilbert ResidenceSeabeck, Washington

Gilbert Residence
Seabeck, Washington

West-facing rear facade, featuring our red, black and grey color study.

Gilbert ResidenceSeabeck, Washington

Gilbert Residence
Seabeck, Washington

This color scheme was designed to be "forest-friendly," in harmony with the surrounding trees. The east-facing front facade, features a covered porch and clerestory windows, which invite daylight into all areas of the upper floor and loft.

Gilbert ResidenceSeabeck, Washington

Gilbert Residence
Seabeck, Washington

The west-facing Rear Facade features a partially-covered deck and a semi-private spa with slanted wood slats below the deck, for privacy from adjacent properties while preserving views to the distant Olympic Mountains.

Gilbert ResidenceSeabeck, Washington