Category Archives: Renovations

Modern Kitchen & Bath Remodel

Welcome to our recently completed Modern kitchen in a Mediterranean Rockridge home. We worked with our longtime clients, a family with three young boys, to rearrange a cramped back-of-the-house kitchen and laundry area into an open sunny kitchen and dining room, pantry, half-bath, and desk alcove. The homeowners chose the stainless steel appliances, walnut cabinetry style, graphic tile backsplash, steel blue glass pendants, and bronze cabinet tab pulls. Underneath all these crafted finishes was vintage haphazard framing which our builders straightened out and strengthened. This was a wonderful team effort, which we aim for on every project.

Project Architects: Arleta Chang and Cindy Chan, Jarvis Architects
Builder: Whitney Builders. Israel Gonzales, Proj. Superintendent
Structural Engineer: Peter Van Maren

To right is the desk alcove with walnut floating shelves. The kitchen enjoys view and sunshine on two sides – the street in front and the back yard behind you.


Our homeowner found this stunning red backdrop color at her favorite breakfast spot!  Floating shelf has hidden backlighting on top surface to backlight objects on shelf, and also downlighting at the front to light counter.  New arched soffit echoes arches of the original home.


Seeing double. Ceiling paint color turns down, virtually a ceiling moulding. The same red is bold in a small room. Horizontal rift-sawn walnut cabinetry. Yellow onyx pendants.


We had fun with the window stool detail that caps the backsplash, as it zigzags under the kitchen sink window. Stained windows and trim to complement cabinetry. Graphic tile accents – raises a smile every morning.


Dramatic island with a double-cantilevered quartzite countertop and end wall. Very quiet dual-fan range hood with flip-down warming wire shelves. We love this kitchen – practical, fun, modern in a traditional home, and full of personal touches.

Good, Better, Best!

How a simple Stucco bungalow is transformed into a Mission Style home with a new front porch and attached garage


Existing front elevation




Approved with a Front yard variance by the Piedmont Planning Commission

Using a photo as background, we produce a color perspective drawing that conveys the feel and true appearance of the design.

color sketch



Substantially Complete!

Rustic wood porch ceiling, wrought iron light sconces, and painted tile risers complement the heavy stucco buttresses, pillars, and arches.





arleta photo


In Your Neighborhood – Craftsman Traditional

This upper story addition was featured in the Jarvis Architects 2011 Calendar. The home is a Craftsman Traditional morphing into a more Contemporary look and plan as it steps back up the hill. It is a wonderful example of the architecture reflecting the clients needs and personal style while respecting the original home and the fabric of the neighborhood.

Every Home Needs a Heart

The Lamorinda Weekly recently posted an article on the 2011 Orinda Mayors Awards for Excellence in Architecture. The Howard and Susan Warner Remodeling Project designed by Robin and Cindy received one of the awards, and was the featured design in the story.  The story, written by Laurie Snyder captured the spirit of the collaborative design process, the project history and the home.

Visit the Lamorinda Weekly Mayors Award here.

Creative Spaces

The April 2011 Children’s Support League Home Tour showcased our upper Piedmont formal Mediterranean home remodel. A dining room wall was opened to transform a dark galley kitchen into an elegant spacious kitchen and to allow entertaining to flow to the living room.

To complement the home’s stately interiors, the hand carved island has the feel of an Italian antique chest and the copper hood echoes the lines of the living room fireplace. The flush-face frame wall cabinetry resembles stand-alone furniture and is topped with leather finished granite counters, which suit the overall classic look of the kitchen. The upper cabinets feature leaded glass with Gothic arched lights, inspired by the arched openings of the house.

2011 Orinda Mayor’s Award

This December Jarvis Architects received a Mayor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture for one of their recent remodel projects in Orinda. It was a real collaboration between the owners Susan and Howard Warner, the builder Kirk Wall of Orinda, and the Jarvis design team of Cindy Chan and Robin Pennell. Once home to exercise legend Jack LaLane, the house had undergone a number of discordant remodels and additions, none of which followed the original mid-century ranch style. With thoughtful input from all members of the design team, the offending work was removed and the plan simplified, creating spaces that flow together seamlessly and naturally while connecting with the spectacular deck, landscape and views.

Best Second Story Addition

The City of Piedmont honored Jarvis Architects’ Arleta Chang with this award for the design and addition done at her home.

The Piedmont Planning Commission noted, “the remodel was designed to reduce massing on the street and blended so well into the original structure, it looks original itself.”

Congratulations Arleta!

Jarvis Renovation featured in In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats

Jarvis Architects’ own Jon Larson was quoted in the October 9, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle article about the current surge of in-law units in the bay area. His basement infill project in north Oakland was one of three Jarvis Architects projects featured in the recent Taunton Press book, In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats by Mike Litchfield. Smaller living spaces save on cost, use less  energy, and celebrate quality living.

In addition to fulfilling specific spatial needs of the clients, Jon’s project provided more natural light and a better connection to the yard.

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