Tuscan villa in Los Altos Hills, CA

An existing ranch-style house was razed to make room for a new home with the look and ambiance of a centuries-old family villa in Tuscany. Many of the materials used inside and out are authentic Old World, imported from Europe. The roof is 100-year-old clay tile, the interior floors are tumbled and etched Italian marble, and two of the bathroom sinks are more than 200 years old. While the stone sills and columns are new and built in California, their finishes and applications recall the work of European artisans. The stone sills outside continue in the interior, suggesting solid stone construction. Other interior details are presented in the same spirit. Boxed beams and moldings are large and intricately carved, and an iron railing was allowed to rust to a beautiful patina before it was sealed. The home was deliberately designed to look as though it had been expanded over the years, as is common with old European villas.