Mill Valley Remodel

Project Location

Mill Valley, CA


Diego Pacheco Design Practice



Case Study: Modernizing a 1940 Spanish Mediterranean Home                    

With years of experience as a veteran building construction manager, Barb Chambers was ready to pour her professional knowledge into a personal project: her new residence. She found her challenge with a 1940 Mediterranean Spanish-styled home that had stayed unchanged for nearly 75 years. It was a great foundation with a tasteful exterior, but the interior needed to be modernized significantly. The old layout of the home left the inside dark and closed off by an excessive number of small divided rooms. 

Architect Diego Pacheco was recruited to reconfigure the residence into one with a more open and bright interior, while maintaining the style of its origins. To create a more spacious area and bring light into the house, Pacheco’s solution was to implement an open floor plan that would feature multi-functional rooms and glass installations.

The overall aesthetic benefitted greatly from these functional changes, which were in part possible due to a well-placed NanaWall system.

Creating Space and Blending Room Purpose

Pacheco removed walls to unify the interior public space into one room and used the SL60 aluminum framed folding glass wall to extend that unified space to the outside area.

The homeowners wanted a place to entertain and an outdoor eating option. Pacheco positioned the dining room at the rear of the house and was able to blend the functions of the dining room and outdoor area together by incorporating the two with a NanaWall system. The homeowners now have the option to eat inside, with the glass wall closed, or practically outside, with the wall open.

“With the opening glass wall, there is no need for double rooms. The interior dining room serves both functions.”

The home’s aesthetic was positively impacted by the decision to put the NanaWall system near the backend of the interior. With the opening glass panels at the rear of the home, “the drama is way more impactful aesthetically and visually by having the room flow outdoors, even when the folding wall is closed.”

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