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Mediterranean Custom Home

The existing structure occupying this prime corner lot in north Palo Alto was a dilapidated 1950′s California ranch home. Previously used as income property the owner desired to remove the structure and replace it with a distinctive custom home with all the amenities befitting a home located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Literally within hours with the use of an excavator the existing structure is razed and all debris removed. The site is then cut to the correct land elevation and preparation for the foundation begins.

After completion of the foundation the framing takes place. All structural components for the first floor structure are placed. Three by six foundation sills are bolted to the foundation and earthquake or seismic holdowns which are embedded in the concrete are then extended through the floor level to the first floor wall framing to ensure a rigid structure. Before placing the subfloor all mechanical, i.e., plumbing, HVAC, and electrical necessary is installed and pressure tested to protect against leaks.

The framing of the structural shell is then completed. At this time all owner concerns and consideration are reviewed once again, it is at this stage where any desired design changes should be made. Any changes past this stage become cost prohibitive due to the extent of labor and material necessary to facilitate them. All electrical wiring, location of lighting, alarm monitor location, kitchen cabinetry, and all other interior finish considerations are finalized.


Once all rough mechanical had been installed the interior finishes are placed. This project presented “state of the art” finishes throughout. While to extensive to list everything please find below some areas of interest.

The kitchen shown features burnished maple cabinets with a beaded inlay surround on the drawers and doors. The countertops are baltic brown granite with a complementary backsplash of “Giallo Reale” tumbled marble with accents of Absolute Black polished marble. A large island provides additional counter space for food preparation and contains additional seating for use as breakfast bar or a location for company to visit when the party inevitably moves to the kitchen area while entertaining.


The Family Room and Living Room exhibit fireplaces with raised hearth and overmantel finished by European Craftsman from Amsterdam Holland to create a warm space complementing the random plank natural maple floor.

Master Bedroom Suite

This room features a coffered ceiling with a center ceiling height of eleven feet, spectacular triple track doors opening to eight feet for easy use of his and her closet space. The master bath is truly elaborate and displays “state of the art” fixtures throughout, Kallista jacuzzi tub and double vanity sinks. Both the jacuzzi tub and vanity sinks are installed in Breccia Oniciata marble slabs over Maple cabinets with pearl white burnish. The floor is compromised of Breccia Oniciata marble tile, lot matched to the slab laid diagonally and bordered with Rojo Allicante marble. The shower and toilet area are contained in an adjoining private room. The shower enclosure features slab marble walls, of matching marble and a frameless clear glass shower enclosure.

Other Features

Other truly dramatic features include an entry door of African Mahogany hardwood with matching sidelight. Matching “Giallo San Raphael” granite countertops with travertine tile floors in both the guest bath and adjacent laundry room. “Giallo San Raphael” granite slab shower walls with complementary Absolute Black marble shower floor adorn the Guest Bath. For safety this home contains an automated firesprinkler system with concealed heads and an exterior fire department connection for supplemental water supply in the event of a fire. For security door, windows and motion sensors have been installed throughout the home and can be remotely monitored by an alarm company if so desired. These features along with others to numerous to list.

State of the Art Builders
3657 Louis Road
Palo Alto, CA

Telephone: (650) 856-8509