In back, the U-shaped house wraps around a sheltered courtyard centered on a south-facing view of Mount Tamalpais. Inside, a foyer, a parlor
and dining room are laid out in a row in the middle wing, separated only
by wood-clad partition walls. An eat-in kitchen in the east wing has views
of San Francisco Bay, and next to it are an office and a family room. In the
two-story west wing, the master suite and a guest room are downstairs,
while children’s rooms are up on the top floor.
Shortly after Killen’s understated shell was first conceived, the Daboras
stumbled upon San Francisco interior designer Steve Justrich’s website
and rapidly hired him because they liked what they saw, including his
design for a project in Big Sur. They consulted with Justrich Design on
interior finishes and chose locally produced materials, especially in the
bathrooms and the kitchen, where the backsplashes have Heath tiles.
Justrich also suggested flooring material, custom carpet sizes and furniture layouts, but surprisingly, although their home was completely built
about a year ago, the Daboras simply could not decide on new furniture.
Killen’s architecture had provided them with a sort of clean slate, with
mostly white walls inside and freestanding partitions of oak wood between
public rooms that was quite different from what they were used to.
“Although our old furniture did not quite fit his 10-foot-high rooms
with large windows, we hung on to it while we tried to understand what
we really wanted,” Robyn says.
Then, one day, keen to find a breakfast table that would fit comfortably
into a small bay window in the kitchen, they yielded to Justrich’s proposals
for a custom piece. That’s what it took to break the logjam of indecision.