robert kelly

(510) 836-0719

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

Business Description
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

Certification and Awards
Best New House 2012, Piedmont, CA
East Bay Architect -
Traditional Homes for Modern Living
Rob Kelly 
1111 warfield ave
piedmont, CA 94610 
(510) 893-3093 
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Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts: What’s the Difference?

If the zigzag and swirly designs of the past leave your head spinning, these descriptions will straighten you right out Full Story
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Definately Art Nouveau. Especially in architecture. I find it more delicate. I would have just a touch of that style in a decor.
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Review by Crescent Builders, Inc.:

We've worked with architect Rob Kelly on several projects throughout the Bay Area and we really enjoy working with Rob, creating his designs. Rob has a strong a...
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Review by Nicole Derr:

Rob Kelly got recommended by several friends of mine. After meeting him I hired him on the spot. He has been an amazing architect for our project. We wanted t...
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Review by tearoselee:

We just completed a partial remodel of our house which included a total makeover of our bedroom and the addition of a skylight in our dining room. Working with ...
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Review by Ignacio Barandiaran:

Rob is an excellent architect all around. He is an accomplished and creative designer, a good listener, and is practical about the issues that a client cares ab...
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Review by agardnerdesign:

We met Rob on the land site we are in escrow for out in West Marin. Rob hiked through the brambles, down the fern slope and through the grassland. He told us w...
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Review for Crescent Builders, Inc.:

I am an architect and have worked with probably 40 different builders. I have recently completed 2 projects with Crescent. Crescent does very high quality work...
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