5 Homes That Celebrate the Warmth of Wood

From exposed beams to shingle exteriors to a well-built deck, wood is one of the most versatile materials around. In these 5 homes, wood creates atmospheres that are modern, rustic, beachy…

1 Hotaling Court, Kentfield

Photo courtesy of Compass

The exposed dark-wood beams in this contemporary, six-bedroom Mediterranean bring a refreshing contrast to the main living spaces. The home, which offers views of Mount Tam, was built in 2003 and fully renovated in 2020. Lower-level bedrooms and a bonus room have easy walkouts for access to the pool and yard.

16 Culloden Park Road, San Rafael

Photo by Matt McCourtney, courtesy of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

This seven-bedroom, shingle-style mansion, built in 1906, is historic on the outside and remodeled on the inside. The modern amenities include a kitchen with double islands, two dishwashers and two farmhouse sinks—perfect for entertaining a big family, or just a lot of friends. Corner bay windows and dormers offer views of Mount Tam, and there’s a half-acre of landscaping.

51 W Shore Road, Belvedere

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Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

Light hardwood floors, along with floor-to-ceiling windows, make this three-bedroom waterfront home feel both airy and cozy. The deck overlooks the Bay, with views of Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. A private boat dock means easy access to the water.

137 Sunnyside Ave, San Anselmo

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Photo courtesy of Jon DiRenzo and Exceptionally Cool Homes

This five-bedroom home is surrounded by a minimal wood fence, and there are lots of other beautiful wood features, like a deck that’s flanked with garden beds. Inside, there’s a chef’s kitchen and a spa bath with a steam shower. And, this home takes sustainability seriously, with solar panels and a Tesla battery wall.

432 Bridgeway, Sausalito

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Photo courtesy of Compass

This historic, two-bedroom cottage is chock-full of warm wood elements, from hardwood floors to box beams to wainscoting—not to mention shingles on the outside. It was renovated in 2008 by architect Barbara Brown, AIA. Every part of the house is oriented toward the waterfront, which is just across the street.    

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Liz LoganLiz Logan is the editor-in-chief of SPACES. Her writing about art, design and lifestyle, has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine and Martha Stewart Living.     



Stephanie Fallon

 Stephanie Fallon writes about art, visual culture, design, motherhood, work, and sometimes wine. She has spent the last five years working in art museum education where she specialized in interpretation and public programming. When she’s not glued to her laptop she is either chasing her toddler or creating digital drawings of scenes she remembers from chasing her toddler.