Carolyn Van Lang has more than 19 years of experience in architecture. For the last 15 years, she has concentrated on high end residential projects from new homes to addition and complete remodel.
She is well versed in the range of architectural styles from traditional, craftsman to contemporary and modern. Carolyn revels in providing her clients with full scope of services when the need arises from master planning, overall concepts, architecture, interior design, landscape to specifying furniture and window treatments. She feels that a seamless design requires thoughtful consideration in all aspects of the home and her versatility in offering a complete design package is quite unique. Over the years working in the Bay Area, Carolyn has become very familiar with the planning and permit processes of many communities such as Piedmont, Oakland, Berkeley, Contra Costa County and the South Bay.
Among her many creative talents are her sense of space, colors and materials and her skillful detailing. Carolyn loves the elegance that sets a project apart when materials, finishes, colors and textures are brought together in a subtle and harmonious way. Her unmistakable trademarks are the poetic calmness and zen quality that reign throughout her projects.

For a more complete portfolio view click here.

For clients’ reviews of Carolyn’s work click here.

Whole House Remodel in Orinda









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Remodel a spec house into a French house in Los Altos Hills


New pool and pool house in Piedmont (City of Piedmont Design Award 2008)


New Tuscan home in San Jose

New Home in Monte Sereno – Architecture and Interior Design

See “Monte Sereno Craftsman” post about this new home.

Addition and Remodel in Piedmont

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Whole House Remodel in Berkeley

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Shingle House in Piedmont (Piedmont CSL Home Tour) – See Remembrance of Things Past post.

Asian Contemporary Home in Orinda – Mayor of Orinda Award for Architecture Excellence, 2009

Julia Morgan Home in Berkeley

Greene and Greene Style Home

House in Lafayette

Complete House Remodel (BAHA Citation Award)

Vacation Home

Interior Design

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See “A Bath  to Take Us Away” post.

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Miscellaneous Rooms

Library with curved bookshelves.

Master bedroom.


Dining Room


Living Room


Family Room

Honors and Awards

Piedmont CSL House Tours: Huynh Residence (1998), Childs Residence (2003), Schane Residence & McCalmont Residence (2004), King Residence (2006), 2 Westminster Drive (2010).

Lafayette Kitchen Tour: Mes Residence (2006).

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Preservation Awards: 2005 for the McCanne Residence, 2003 for the Rutenberg Residence, 2009 Commendation for Oliai Residence, 2015 for the Dupee/Scanlon Residence and the Billings Residence.

Piedmont City Design Award: 2008 Best Landscape for Sivollella Residence, 2006 Best Outdoor Space for the Gerhardy Residence, 2003 Best Comprehensive Architectural Remodel for the Schane Residence, 2012 Best Second Story Addition for the Machle Residence.

Mayor of Orinda Award for Architecture Excellence 2009: Bailey Residence.

North East Region Finalist in the Wool Bureau National Textile Design Contest, 1982.

Milliken Textile Design Contest- Award of Merit, 1982.


Living x Design Blog –

San Francisco Chronicle, Home and Garden Section, February 21, 2010 – Bailey Residence.

Better Homes and Garden – Bath Makeovers, Spring 2008 and Dream Baths 2007 – Donato Residence.

Remodeling Ideas Magazine, August/September 2005 – Biren and Beal Residence.

San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle March 12, 1995 – 1940 on Taraval.

Sunset Magazine– September 1991 and January 1993 – Huynh Residence.


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