See how this transitional Palo Alto dwelling re-interprets farmhouse style

Modern Californian architecture has made its mark by re-inventing traditional housing. Whether it's done by melding Mexican and Southern style, or using eco-friendly materials to live off the land, there are a million great examples of builders who are doing it well.
Arcanum Architecture is the Bay Area firm that built this beautiful transitional farmhouse in Palto Alto.  Though relatively simple from outside and taking cues from both South America and Southern country, this modern construction is a spacious dream inside.
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White and wood dominate the interior, but the floor is made of gray, polished tiles that stay cool underfoot. The kitchen and adjacent living areas also feature steel-colored elements that blend in seamlessly.
The downstairs ceiling is completely covered in light wooden slats and beams. It adds warmth to the house's acoustics and makes the living space feel that much more organic.
Here's a view from the kitchen into the living room. The open floor plan invites the family to gather together, and the central table is perfect for mealtime, or for arts and crafts activities.
Another living space looks out onto the backyard. The large glass panels slide out of the way to give you easy access in and out. 
Think how nice it would be to enjoy summertime on this wrap-around patio under the slatted porch!
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