Marin Home / BACKSTORY
feet. Next, they flip-flopped the kitchen and
family room, knocking down a wall between
the two to give the home a more open feel. And
by reworking the roofline, they were able to
increase the ceiling height.
“Before the remodel we had a galley-style
Moving it allowed a once-cramped laundry
kitchen at the back of the house. I found that
I was in this space alone a lot of the time,”
recalls Jill. “What I wanted was a space
where the whole family could gather while
The Sellerses also moved the front door
and carved out a now-well-used mudroom
from the old entryway area. Another major
modification was relocating the staircase.
room to double in size.
The new stairs are also considerably
grander and more in keeping with the scale of
the home. “The old staircase was tiny, just 27
inches wide,” says Jill.
Upstairs, they expanded the footprint of
one of their daughter’s bedrooms, gutted a
Jack-and-Jill bathroom and added a skylight
to the hallway.
To give the home a nautical feel, the walls of
the common spaces were enhanced with tongue-
and-groove siding. “We both grew up sailing and
are really attracted to a coastal- style home,”
says Jill. “The old house had some of that, but we
really tried to bring more of it out.”
Jill brought in an interior designer to help
furnish the space and consult on finishes. One
of her favorite new pieces: a living room sofa
that doubles as settee. “I like to stay out of the
sun,” says Jill. “But if I lie down on it with the
doors open I get the feeling of being outside
even when I’m not.” m
TWELVE YEARS AGO, Jill Sellers and her husband, Scott, moved from San Francisco to Larkspur with their 15-month-old daugh- ter. The home they chose had
six bedrooms, which they appreciated, as
they planned on having more children. As
intended, the Sellers added two daughters to
their family in the years that followed.
“It was a lovely home and it got us through
the early years of raising kids,” Jill says. “But it
had a choppy floor plan and very low ceilings.”
The couple briefly considered buying another
home in the same neighborhood, but quickly
realized renovating would be more cost-effective. So last year, they moved out and hired a
team of professionals to realize their dream.
The biggest changes were to the common
areas. They pushed out into the front yard six