This is a recent picture of the Cardiff House that we built. This house overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a lounge area on the roof for maximum ocean views. This home was a built as an investment opportunity that resulted in tearing down an existing 1930’s distressed beach house.
Houses like these are typical in areas with high appreciating values such as towns as Cardiff by the Sea. As an investment vehicle, this project netted the investors a sizable return on their investment. Be sure to give us a call if you are in the market for a new home or would like to have a house built as an investment opportunity.
This is a project that was designed and Implemented by Phil Richardson with Richardson Design and Build in the summer of 2014. There were some unique challenges in designing this backyard transformation. First off, the backyard was fairly small and had an existing 4 foot retaining wall that angled 45 degrees in order to hold back the hillside.
The usable space was below the retaining wall while the “wasted space” was above the retaining wall. There was a need to hide the existing wood fence or to tear it down and replace it with new fencing as shown in the picture. All in all, the backyard proved to be a challenge with this retaining wall and the unsightly and “wasted hillside space” and there was a need to come up with a superior design that would turn the flaws into enhancements. Continue reading Backyard Tranformation
Over the years Phil Richardson has been involved with constructing many specialty structures. This page shows a variety of different types of cabanas and other structures. Some structures that are not shown have been spa houses with indoor spas, interior steam rooms with stone mosaic and marble arches as well as customized underground dual lane bowling alleys.
The first structure shown is a dual purpose building meant to house a maid or guests attached to a horse pavilion in the rear. The design took into consideration the rich elements of the community as well as a reflection of the overall estate within the Rancho Del Lago Community of Rancho Santa Fe. Continue reading Custom Specialty Structures
This particular art studio was the last edition of a pre-existing estate located in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca. The art studio was designed to reflect the much larger estate as a whole. Since the structure was to be placed on the upper most point of the property, the challenge of the design was to take advantage of the encompassing vistas of the valley below. This was accomplished by placing the structure close to the edge of the pad with the most view as well as incorporating large solid wood windows to bring in a large amount of natural light as possible. Continue reading Art Studios
Here are two examples of parking and garage structures that have been built by Mr. Richardson. This particular client was looking for a separate garage for his two cars as well as a separate garage for his motor-coach. The design of the two structures needed to incorporate the same design and style as his house and adhere to the standards of the Rancho Sante Fe Covenant. The final design and build needed to reflect a structure that appeared less like a garage and more like a detached guest home. Both elements were accomplished with the final build. Continue reading Unique Garage Structures
Mr. Richardson has been involved with the design and construction of many types of closed and open cabanas. The pictures presented are of some of the nicer custom cabanas constructed.
This particular client was looking to to have his vast amount of orange trees cut down and in its place have a tennis court, 2 cabanas, maids quarters, horse pavilion and various hardscape and landscaping.
These photos show the necessary steps taken for the pre-construction and necessary grading. During the pre-construction phase, it was determined that canary date palms were needed to be planted before any work was to begin on the structures, thus a mega crane was needed to do that job considering that these trees weigh several thousands of pounds. Continue reading Custom Cabana Project