The 2023 Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour
Sat, May 20 10am-4pm

image: Scott de Bose for M. Designs Architects

How It Works

01 Preview The Homes Below!

03 Watch For Your Tour Map

About 48 hours before Tour Day, watch your email for a printable PDF map and info packet, as well as links to a dynamic online map for easy navigation.

04 Visit the Homes on Tour Day

Travel at your own pace as you visit the homes in any order you wish between 10 AM and 4 PM on Tour day. Meet the architects and designers, ask questions, and get inspired by these beautiful Bay Area homes!

Explore The 2023 Tour Homes

From extraordinary Eichlers to Cali-cool, we're showcasing Amazing Examples of Bay Area modern!

M.Designs Architects

Prepare to be amazed by this luxurious home remodel! Not only has it transformed the entire house, but it’s a haven for endless entertainment and activities. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi or infinity pool, challenge your friends to a game of jeu de boules or test your putting skills on the range. Plus, there’s a playground, a basketball court, and an ADU pool house for even more fun.

The backyard is a true oasis, complete with a tranquil waterfall and glass walls that open up to merge the indoor and outdoor living areas. This creates the perfect atmosphere for entertaining guests, hosting events, or just relaxing in your own private paradise. Whether you’re grilling up a feast for family and friends or enjoying a quiet evening under the stars, the outdoor experience at this luxury home is simply unmatched.

Inside, you’ll find a state-of-the-art home cinema, stunning views of the backyard, a grand library, and a unique play area. Whether you’re looking to cozy up with a book, lounge with a movie, or let the kids run wild in their own domain, this home has it all. With elegant finishes and top-of-the-line features throughout, this is no ordinary home – this is a dream come true. Come experience luxury living at its finest!

Images: Scott de Bose courtesy of M.Designs Architects.

Klopf Architecture

The Roger Lee designed house from 1962 was purchased by the current homeowners in almost original condition, as the previous owners elected to defer most maintenance projects over the years. The clients were able to see beyond the dated materials and finishes, single-paned glass and uninsulated walls and they approached Klopf Architecture to help them expand and update the entire home, one the family could settle into and enjoy for years to come. It was important that the new designs were aligned with Lee’s original intent, not only because of the client’s appreciation for mid-century modern architecture, but also because the house was deemed historical. The Stanford Real Estate Office requires a stringent design review which safeguards the integrity of the community, which Klopf Architecture was happy to oblige going into their updated designs. 

images: Mariko Reed

VRchitects with Greenberg Construction and Greenberg Design Gallery

This modern home located in Palo Alto, CA, features stunning contemporary design. The metal roof combined with stucco and two different tunes of wood siding give the house a modern edge while the Italian kitchen cabinets add a touch of sophistication. Inside you’ll find Concrete floors on the first floor & hardwood floors on the second floor, wood elements like ceilings and walls, and an open floor plan with steel string staircase to the second floor. 

With its modern touches and timeless design, this modern construction home offers everything you need for comfortable and stylish living. Whether entertaining guests or simply relaxing with family, it is sure to be the perfect place to call home. 

images: Boaz Meri

Urbanism Designs

Complete renovation of an original 1959 Eichler with an atrium in one of the best Eichler neighborhoods in the San Mateo Highlands. We preserved the footprint and the architectural integrity. The design aesthetic is MidCentury Modern meets Japan Scandinavian (Japandi) as requested by the homeowners. 

The kitchen was relocated from the center to the side for a more open concept and better flow to suit the homeowners’ functional needs for entertaining. We created a custom slatted wood partition by the front entry to provide some privacy. To brighten the typical dark and narrow hallway, we installed a large skylight and clear glass along the hallway so the atrium becomes the focal point and can be viewed from all around the house. New and enlarged skylights were added in the bathrooms for more natural light. Durable and low maintenance materials and finishes were selected, including porcelain kitchen countertop and Dekton slab backsplash with no seams. Terrazzo slabs in bathrooms were a nod to the midcentury period, along with large format tiles to minimize grout lines. Nothing too precious was used for the busy family with young children so they can fully live in and enjoy the beauty of Eichler’s indoor and outdoor living!

images: Pamela Lin and Candice Tanu

Andrew Morrall, Architect

A major addition and home remodel transforms an early 20th century colonial style Historic Home.  Custom lighting, art, millwork, and design create a unique architecture that honors both the existing fine, old home and the dramatic new addition with modern, transitional updates, and the existing large steep roof and attic with no Architectural character or detail serves as a canvas.

Period interior detail from the more formal Dining and Living Room were brought into the Remodeled Family Kitchen. These period details handsomely contrast with the more transitional and playful elements of the new Kitchen Design. Playing off of the period painted wall wainscoting , a more contemporary white oak chevron pattern paneling was introduced at the Kitchen and banquette mill work.

images: Jean Bai Photo and Michelle Lee Wilson Photography

Timeline Design+Build

This astonishing prairie style 4,500 SF home was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago. The home also draws inspiration from the client’s passion for nature photography, which leads to a design laced with beautiful wood elements inspired by the National Forests they’ve visited.

The house had a challenging hillside site, the design team set the home into the existing topography with a seamless fit with a single-story frontage to the neighborhood – and a two story walk out basement in the back.

Another challenge was filling the home with light upon the clients’ request. The solution: a tower over the large open staircase that opens to the basement and fills the house with natural light on both floors. The clients have told us they never use lights during the day!

images Dean Birinyi Photography

TOPOS Architects

We designed a contemporary seaside cottage overlooking the Pacific Ocean, adjacent to the Moss Beach Distillery. Floor to ceiling glazing and expansive flat roofs allow stunning panoramic ocean views while providing shelter from extreme weather. Clerestory windows below a raised central roof bring daylight deep into the home. The open floor plan allows great views from all areas of the interior. Vertical cedar siding and maple interior paneling provide a warm and solid backdrop to the glazed walls. 

Due to extreme entitlement constraints (Coastal Commission regulations and unstable soils) the house follows the footprint of the previous home. Single story massing allowed the house to blend into the community and minimized impacts to neighboring views. 

The site is considered to be an active landslide. The thick mat slab foundation is designed to ‘ride’ in the soil, accommodating possible dramatic site movements. Flexible utility connections accommodate several feet of ‘stretch’. Ongoing dislocations are clearly evident on adjacent properties, and across the Distillery parking lot nearby. While the site is safe, and the house soundly designed to withstand severe environmental forces, the sublime awe of Mother Nature is ever present in the ground below and the water beyond. 

images courtesy TOPOS Architects

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