My foray into architecture started in high school when I decided to expand my family's Santa Barbara home into its large unfinished attic. My parents and neighbors were a little alarmed when they came home from work and saw that I had cut a large hole in the side of the house for a new door and stairway. For the next four summers I worked for contractors and electricians so that I could learn the skills needed to finish the attic into livable space. At UC Berkeley, I studied architecture and civil engineering. After college, I worked in construction and was licensed as a general contractor.

For the past 15 years, I have been working as an architect on new vacation homes throughout Northern California and remodels/renovations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

My goal as an architect is to help you make the architecture and construction process a conscious effort and to create a beautiful and functional environment, unique to your personality and reflective of your specific needs.

Life is but a dream. With a slant towards Hindu philosophy, my mother would argue that life is pre-determined and that ultimately we have no control over our lives. I would argue that we have the choice to create beautiful environments, and I meticulously work through the details to ensure that your dream becomes a reality.

My design etiquette is restrained and comfortable, not gaudy. I love light and large windows, natural materials, and expression of the structure. I gravitate to work that is made by craftsmen rather than machine, to elements and details from the 1920s and before.

Thank you for your consideration in having me help with your project.

Rob Kelly
April 2010

Services Provided
Shingle style, shingle, first bay traditional, craftsman, craftsmen, bungalow, industrial, English, tudor, English tudor, cottage, farm, barn, Spanish, ski cabin, cabin, modern living, vintage, antique, restoration, re-use


Residential, residential remodel, ski house, ski cabin, ski, vacation home, vacation, homes, residences, traditional homes, traditional residences, vernacular, restaurants, small commercial

Areas Served
Bay Area, San Francisco, Northern California, Piedmont, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, San Francisco, Sugar Bowl, Norden, Lake Tahoe, Inverness, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Woodside, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Nevada County, Placer County, Marin, Marin County

Certifications and Awards
Best New House 2012, Piedmont, CA
East Bay Architect -
Traditional Homes for Modern Living

Contact: Rob Kelly
Location: 1111 warfield ave
piedmont, CA 94610
License Number: C27892
Commented: Love the floors! What are they and where are they from? This is reclaimed "tobacco barn oak" from Blacks farmwood in san rafael, ca
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Commented: where can I find the lights Check industrial lights/ vintage/ recalimed on google images. Obsolete in LA has similar but these are one of a kind
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Commented: what kind of wood is on the walls and ceiling? Painted wood. This is old wood saved from the remodel except for the ceiling. You see on the walls the uneven gaps which is the look we were going for. Clear pine is about the cheapest solid wood for...
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