For the creation of 116 Montford Ave. in Mill Valley, the designer drew upon his decades of home building experience, connections with fabricators and extensive knowledge of classic art and architecture.
Because he was building his personal home, Shahram Ghodsian of Trush Construction didn't have to compromise on finances or timeline. He sought out local and international designers and contemplated every finish of the space. The result is a four-bedroom home with sweeping mountain views that took more than four years to build.
Walls are paneled in vertical-grain cherrywood, 8-foot solid-core doors dampen interior sounds from room to room, and high-tech applications monitor the electrical and sound functions.
Building it was one of his most gratifying experiences, Ghodsian said.
"It was a lot of fun; a lot of experimenting and playing," he said. "I didn't worry about budget because it was my place."
A covered patio with rusted paving stones and distressed iron confer a sense of history upon the space, which overlooks plantings of Japanese maple trees and lavender attracting birds and butterflies.
"The concept was to create a landscape design that could be very private, yet alive and inviting," Ghodsian said. "I wanted it to be somewhat whimsical."
A Corten iron gate and railing and custom copper gutters add natural colors to the exterior.
Inside, the level of precision detail throughout is reflected in a cherrywood-paneled powder room on the main level. Book-matched marble along the floor and throughout the shower creates seamless veining. This full guest bathroom alone took six months to build and is a testament to diligence.
Ten slabs of marble cut from the same stone were photographed in the pattern Ghodsian wanted.
The photos were enlarged and pasted onto cardboard to craft mockups of the wall. A fabricator fashioned the pieces to the specs, resulting in unbroken linear gray hues running from under the sink to the floor and walls.
For the millwork, Ghodsian turned to SF Victoriana, a manufacturing company in Bayview. They crafted the baseboards and exterior moldings.
He sought out a designer in France for a faucet, and San Francisco-based Boyd Lighting helped illuminate the four-bedroom home.
Creating a space with unique finishes is what expresses a craftsman's skill and builder's abilities, Ghodsian said.
"Most of the finishes aren't something you can just go into a store and buy off a shelf," he said.
In the kitchen, Ghodsian embraced East Coast and classic designs, like exposed hinges on the white cabinets. Four rectangular windows show off views of trees and lush hillsides, and let natural light flood in.
"I wanted Grandma's kitchen," he said.
Though classical, the kitchen isn't without 21st century conveniences, such as the center island with built-in oven, microwave and wine refrigerator.
Transoms top many of the home's windows, and 10-foot ceilings are featured on both levels. Such finishes and designs showcase Ghodsian's admiration for classical architecture.
A gas fireplace warms the great room, which features Brazilian cherrywood floors and dual sets of double doors leading to an exterior deck.
The spacious master suite includes a deck of its own with sweeping views of the landscape, along with a custom Elfa closet system and a bathroom featuring marble and granite finishes.
Next door, Ghodsian is designing the home he will ultimately move into, much like 116 Montford Ave. It will be half the size and feature a more modern design but will still incorporate the distressed metal and rock finishes he's fond of, he said.
Listing agent: Sherry Ramzi, Decker Bullock, Sotheby's International Realty, (415)902-7344, s.ramzi@ deckerbullocksir.com.
Address: 116 Montford Ave., Mill Valley.
Price: $2.835 million.
Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Features: Custom finishes, four bedrooms, entertaining deck off the large great room, private deck off the upstairs master suite.