Gover Lane

Project year: 2012| Location: San Carlos, California

A small, compartmentalized 1960’s builder house was enlarged by a mere eight feet to spur this major transformation, creating a modern, open, comfortable living space, showcasing the kitchen and the talents of the cook.

About The Project

The living room was opened up to the kitchen and the rear yard by removing walls. The eight-foot ceilings were removed and a new shed roof was added, flooding the space with light and opening up the living room to the rear yard view. A sixteen foot wide sliding Fleetwood door and transom connects the space to the exterior, where an ipe deck and painted steel and wood trellis create a comfortable outdoor dining experience. The operable transom windows act as a chimney effect, ushering air up and out of the house on warmer days. A skylight with a large, canted shaft provides a similar effect in the kitchen and balances the natural light in the space.

A large island separates the kitchen from the living/dining room and is anchored by a wood screen that helps define the entry and visually separates the kitchen from the bedroom wing. A small powder room was added just off the front door, and utility and laundry rooms were created by stealing some space from the garage.The renovation is a stunning transformation of a 60’s era builder house into a modern, custom home.

“Phil Rossington translated our vision of a major remodel of our house into a great architectural design. We have been back living in our home for 2 years now could not be happier.”

Christian B.Project Owner


Project Details

Architect / Design team
Phil Rossington, Jackie McKay Detamore
Structural Engineering
FAR Engineers
Completed in 2012 by DeMattei Construction
Color consultation
Gale Melton Design
Tyler Chartier ©
External Link
Check out the project on Houzz

Awards & Publications

Open Concept Houses
Pages 146-159
Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards “Gold” Award in the whole-house category. Dec 2013