Richardson Architects' original plan for this waterfront plot in Belvedere, California, was to revamp an existing 1960s house, but the discovery of powderpost beetles put that idea on pause.
Overnight, the project turned from a renovation into a full bore demolition. In its wake, a FEMA-compliant 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house rose on the site.
The Zen-inspired retreat is divided into two volumes, a private and communal wing. A Terracotta Army sculpture keeps watch in the courtyard.
Rebuilding presented architect Heidi Richardson the opportunity to improve views of Mount Tam to the west and the Golden Gate Bridge to the northeast.