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At Home in the East Bay

Four local architects share the stories behind some of their stunning designs


It’s been said that if you’re lucky enough to find a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. For these four architects, their passion for the craft is palpable. They have been tasked with tall orders: making casual, coastal contemporary East Bay homes that are sensible but stylish, sometimes palatial but often private and always somewhat practical – and they do so with (seeming) ease. Take a peek inside these four area favorites, as selected by the architects who designed them, and see what it means for these lucky homeowners to truly be at home.