Mill Valley, Janes 1

The former home of UBW’s owner and lead architect Kevin Skiles, this 1,760-square-foot house began as a 1970s misfit on a 1/3-acre lot in Mill Valley. Working within the original footprint and using the existing foundation and structure, Kevin expanded this “entertainer’s paradise” to 3,850 square feet, with 5-bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The home is integrated into multiple outdoor spaces, with a mix of intimate and social gatherings. Kevin repurposed an inefficient driveway by reorienting the garage, making way for a concrete multi-purpose sports court. Skateboarding here helped pass the time during Covid. This home represents several design philosophies Kevin attempts to include in all of his designs: efficient floor plans with little to no hallways, double-island kitchens, tall windows to create light-filled voluminous spaces, and flexible rooms that function as offices, guest rooms, and even a man cave escape. Together, these work to create an exceptional flow between the principal interior spaces to promote family connectedness and allow for gracious entertaining.