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Symmetry with Style

HomeStyle Hacienda

HomeStyle Hacienda After 35 years living in some of the world’s most exotic cities, Jack and

After 35 years living in some of the world’s most exotic cities, Jack and Judy decided to move back to California. They found an idyllic property situated in Carmel Valley and opted to build their dream home from the ground up. “Right after we acquired the land in 2006, Jack retired and we bought a co-op apartment in San Francisco,” recalls Judy. “We wanted to be close enough so that I could be involved in the design, construction and décor of our new home.” The couple moved into their distinctively elegant 6,800-square- foot hacienda-style home in 2008.

“We wanted to be respectful of the area and a Spanish hacienda style really complemented the land,” Jack adds. “For me, this symmetrical and balanced style creates a peaceful environment,’ adds Judy.

This well-laid-out home is filled with light that streams in through the artful and bountiful windows. “The beautiful doors and windows definitely help carry out the style of the home,” says Judy. Werner designed the placement and configuration of the windows and doors, opting for an aged look to create the appearance of a century-old abode. After touring the factory and showroom and meeting with co-owner Jack Topalian, Brothers’ Custom Windows & Doors was selected to engineer, manufacture and factory-finish the home’s entry way, exterior doors and all of the windows.

Brothers’ Custom Windows & Doors, based in San Carlos, has crafted windows and doors for some of the Monterey Peninsula area’s most distinctive homes. One such residence was near Jack and Judy’s acreage. “They partnered with us to fabricate windows and doors in a way that brought their vision to life,” says Jack Topalian, President of Brothers’ which he owns and operates with brother and business partner George Topalian.

“The design of the home was very much a hands- on collaboration with architect Werner Maasen of Hart Howerton, San Francisco, Bob Lis of RJL Construction and us,” says Judy. “Werner really listened to us and translated our vision into a plan. Bob and his team made the plan a reality.”

The hacienda design more than afforded Judy the symmetry she sought. The home is built around a central courtyard. The left side is mirrored by the right with the front entry and the living room, dining room and Jack’s den in the center. “The second you step through the door, you can look all the way through the living room to the amazing views,” marvels Judy. Also in the quest of balance, Jack and Judy opted to make the right side the “noisy side” with the kitchen, family room and laundry room. Its counterpart, the “quiet side,” includes all the bedrooms. All the main living areas, including the bedrooms, open onto a patio, courtyard or beautiful view. “The floor plan flows from the inside to the outside beautifully,” she adds.

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“To best achieve the perfect appearance, we built the windows and doors out of cedar then sandblasted them to achieve a specific finish,” explains George Topalian. The main entry door was crafted of mahogany and distressed to achieve a look all its own. “They wanted it to have a substantial, exotic look. It was a true collaboration and a delight to work with this team.”

Brothers’ also used their expertise to ensure that the windows and doors would not only look great, but also function properly for many years to come. “The intent was that the house appear like it was built 100 years ago,” adds Jack Topalian. “There’s a lot of engineering and design that goes into creating that look.”

Christine Sorensen of A French Touch in Pacific Grove put the finishing touches on the home’s interior with masterful faux finishes and charming hand-painted details. “The softness of the colors and the delicate yet distinctive murals brought all the elements of the décor into harmony,” Judy says.

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HomeStyle Hacienda

HomeStyle Hacienda 78 | HomeStyle by the sea | Spring Summer 2009 Page 74/75 A fountain

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Page 74/75 A fountain of lapis blue affords a colorful welcome to the central courtyard. Page 76 The varied shapes in the windows add interest and charm to the entryway. Page 77 Top Gentle tones and an intricate hand- painted mural adorn this sunny corridor. Bottom With glass all around, the living room is a window on the Bay. Page 78 Serenity reigns in the master suite.

Brother’s Custom Windows & Doors

Founded in 1993 by brothers Jack and George Topalian, Brothers’ Custom Windows & Doors manufactures and factory- finishes custom wood windows and doors. Customer satisfaction and products that are functional, durable and of the highest quality are hallmarks of the company. Brothers’ 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is state-of-the-art, enabling their expert craftsmen to create any style imaginable—from historical and traditional to sleek and contemporary for both residential and commercial structures. In 2009, they partnered with a European manufacturer to create the Serramenti line of wood/clad windows and doors, designed by George Topalian, and are now the exclusive distributor of these products in the U.S. A section of their 2,300-square-foot showroom features the aluminum and bronze clad windows and doors in a variety of woods, functions and finishes. Recently, Brothers’ teamed up with a professional installer so they can expertly oversee the installation of the windows and doors they craft.

“It was such a joy working with Jack and Judy,” says Bob. “One reflection of their warm and caring natures was the ‘thank you’ party they threw for all of us who worked on the project.” “More than 125 subcontractors and their family members came, and Jack and Judy made us all feel like family.”

“Everyone toured the house so they could see how their work fit with everyone else’s,” says Judy. “The indoor/outdoor nature of the home’s design really came in handy for that party. We feel so blessed to have this beautiful home to share with family and friends. And to have had such a smooth, easy, joyful construction process. We’d do it all again!”

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Brother’s Custom Windows & Doors Founded in 1993 by brothers Jack and George Topalian, Brothers’ Custom

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