Modern Bespoke Cottage

Seeds Project is the result of the vision of Elizabeth Paige Smith and Christopher Stringer.  Elizabeth, sculptor and designer, and Christopher, industrial designer, together create a unique approach to architecture and interiors with their use of natural and sustainable materials. Their unparalleled quest for quality and luxury is evidenced in this cozy modern bespoke cottage.

“We create living spaces utilizing the foremost craftsmanship and materials available, sourced with our exhaustive and discerning research. Our approach seeks to define the environment with the highest quality materials suited to the natural setting in our manner unique in design and detail.”

Seeds evokes intimacy with its personal yet spacious floor plan, expertly crafted design details, and beautifully curated views of gardens, the bay, and the ocean.

The Stringers teamed up with architect James Gwise, formerly of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) architects, to develop the ideas and together meticulously considering and refining every detail. Working alongside builder Louis Ptak, Elizabeth and Christopher’s vision was realized.

Landscaping and gardens were designed by Elizabeth Paige Smith and Christopher Stringer utilizing the native vegetation and making the most of the naturally occurring views. Stone and wood paths were designed for a leisurely meditative barefoot walk through the gardens leading to a breathtaking view of famed big wave Mavericks at Pillar Point and a perfect site for building a larger dream home (approved plans available to view upon request).

EVERY DAY IS A DIFFERENT VIEW

INSPIRED BY THE STRENGTH AND ENERGY OF THE OCEAN AND NATURE…

this home embraces the outdoors – landscaping moves with the wind, clearings give opportunity for existing oaks to thrive, and the smells, sights, and sounds are one with the surroundings.

Every element was designed to be practical and intuitive, where material and function matter and serve their natural purpose.

THERE IS A CEREMONIAL ASPECT TO LIVING IN THIS SPACE…

with a purposeful entrance to each room that invites barefoot living.

Facts & Highlights


AT A GLANCE

Finishes

  • Concrete or Douglass fir floors, all with zoned hydronic radiant heat
  • Ceilings in Douglas fir
  • Inside and outside walls in redwood reclaimed from a hangar at Moffett Field
  • Custom redwood and live edge redwood cabinetry throughout
  • Wall of redwood shelves in the living room and in garage
  • Larsen fabrics for drapes and shower enclosure


Living and Kitchen

  • Garden/music room with integrated ceiling and floor drip irrigation system
  • Kitchen with hand-selected honed granite slabs book-matched for the counter and backsplash
  • Gas cooktop, oven, mini refrigerator, and mini dishwasher
  • Full-size refrigerator in the garage
  • Copper-lined skylights in kitchen and bathroom


Sleeping and Bathing

  • Murphy bed with custom headboard finished in hand-made Japanese Shibori style fabric
  • Bathroom with hand-blown, operable porthole window, rainspout shower, free-standing tub, and solid boulder with natural crystals converted to a sink
  • Lindsey Adelman bathroom light fixture
  • Hand-turned walnut and oak pegs in and outside of the bathroom


Garage

  • Finished 3-car garage with retractable doors concealing full-size refrigerator, laundry area, and components stack
  • Hydraulic lift garage doors paneled on each side in redwood
  • Radiant heat on garage floor


Systems

  • Nest thermostats
  • State-of-the-art wiring for sound, Apple TV, surveillance, security
  • Bowers and Wilkins sound speakers inside and out
  • Natural ventilation via operable windows supplemented by a whole house fan


The Grounds

  • Curved boardwalk connects the front and rear gardens past a large pond with water sculpture and culminating at a path of precisely patterned stepping stones
  • Sheltered fire pit terrace
  • Olive grove, almonds and black walnuts, and numerous fruit trees
  • Low-water landscaping inspired by California native plantings and Japanese and South African gardens