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
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
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
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
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
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