Visiting the San Mateo Highlands

We took 90 minutes and buzzed up to Bunker Hill Drive for some remodel ideas in the San Mateo Highlands. 

The house we were interested in seeing was 2173 Bunker Hill Drive.  This house was remodeled and had a master bedroom added onto it.  The addition was done in steel and concrete and worked extremely well with the house.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t tour the house – just looked at it from the outside.

Street view of 2173 Bunker Hill Drive.

Street view of 2173 Bunker Hill Drive.

We liked the entrance, with the landscaping and low energy LED lights.  The materials used for the gate to the right of the garage look exceedingly durable and ‘green’. 

Gate to the back yard, with recycled material and frosted glass.

Gate to the back yard, with recycled material and frosted glass.

The following design elements caught our eye and confirmed some of the components that we have considered:

  • Maintaining privacy yet bringing in natural light with frosted glass.  Importantly, not frosting the entire glass surface and leaving small vertical strips of clear glass.
  • Planting indiginous California plants and using crushed rock to reduce irrigation water requirements.
  • Removing the paint from the beams to show the natural wood was very well done.  On the other hand, the redwood decking was painted white, which worked here (but we’d like to see the original wood grain).
  • Using clerestory windows to bring in natural light while maintaining privacy.
Crushed rock and frosted glass.

Crushed rock and frosted glass.

Paint removed from beams, exposing natural wood grain of the Douglas Fir.

Paint removed from beams, exposing natural wood grain of the Douglas Fir.

As we were leaving, Jo-Anne pointed out the Eichler mailbox – it was fun!

Eichler mailbox.

Eichler mailbox.

Overall, it was a great way to spend an hour and a half, and the bonus was charging the truck battery!

1 Comment

  • Raymond says:

    Thanks for featuring the house I worked on for so many years. As you know it was sold, but I sure had fun learning and building what you saw. Too bad you didn’t see the inside. The kitchen was killer.

    ;^)

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