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2023 Award Winners



Kitchen, over $125,000


Mediterranean Courtyard House


Mill Valley, California

Architect/Designer | Richardson Pribuss Architects

Builder | Abacus

Landscape Architect/Designer | Form Landscape Architecture

Interior Designer | Richardson Pribuss Architects

Photographer | Thibault Cartier Photography

Restoring a 1940s Spanish Revival home posed challenges because of its uneven terrain and outdated layout. The entrance uphill led to an upper-floor living room, while the kitchen remained isolated and dim in a rear wing. The bedrooms were situated on the lower floor and linked from above by a pair of slim stairways, making access to the courtyard difficult for hosting, cooking and outdoor living.

The existing inner courtyard offered an opportunity to open the entire residence to the landscape. The front became the rear, relocating the main living areas to the lower level. Expansive steel and glass openings were added, uniting the house’s wings and floors. Centralizing the kitchen and adding a grand stair simplified transitions between levels.

The courtyard was revamped into an inviting outdoor space. A double-height kitchen bridged the house, aligning it with the garden. Panoramic views now stretch from the front to the rear yard and encompass a pool. This renovation achieved a harmonious blend of indoor-outdoor living, adapting the home’s layout to modern family needs.

From the Judges
The team nailed the finish selection—all the way down to the tiles. It provides a clean look, but keeps it interesting. The interaction with the upstairs level is well done, especially with kitchen as the gathering space. And the doors to the courtyard are amazing.

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