David Baker Architects

Custom Homes


310 Waverly Residence An urban insertion in the suburban grid, the steel and stone home at 310 Waverly in Palo Alto becomes progressively private as the rooms move toward the west.

Farm to Table Farm to Table is custom playhouse design for Dreams Happen, the annual fundraising event for Rebuilding Together Peninsula.

Healdsburg Rural House The Healdsburg Rural House was a very personal collaboration on a retirement home for a repeat client, whose first custom house we designed in 1983.

Kayo House The catwalk leading to the Kayo House distances it literally and metaphorically from the ground below. Rooms extend out on cantilevers, creating a treehouse-like sensation in Oakland.

Modularean Eco House Both playful artpiece and artful playpiece, the Modularean Eco House is a sturdy, sustainable custom dollhouse designed by David Baker and built by woodworker Julianna Sassaman.

Qc2 Qc2 is a conceptual design for a custom home on the peninsula that responds to site, sky, and light.

Redstone Cabin Completed in 1998, Redstone Cabin is a cozy update of an old fishing cabin in the Ruby of the Rockies.

Revenge of the Stuccoids The "Stuccoids"—the stucco bungalows of the flatlands—march up into the hills to merge with the "Maybecks"—the eclectic houses of Bernard Maybeck in Berkeley.

Shotwell Design Lab Shotwell Compound is a mixed-use urban contemporary approach to living and working. It combines the new Zero Cottage, a workshop, and an existing building that combines apartments with a gallery storefront.

Shotwell Garden Retreat Accessed through a secret passageway, the Shotwell Garden Retreat is a quiet private court in a custom residence.

Spaghetti House David Baker's UC Berkeley M-Arch thesis project brought to life: Spaghetti House takes its name from its long, skinny footprint.

Zero Cottage An addition to David Baker's Shotwell Compound, Zero Cottage is a LEED and Passive House certified investigation of compact, sustainable urban development.