Breathtaking homes open their doors for SLO Rotary tour

The San Luis Obispo Rotary Homes of Distinction Tour will showcase five local residences

Special to The TribuneAugust 27, 2013 

This year's San Luis Obispo Rotary Homes of Distinction Tour showcases five residences with homeowners who found a way to bring together disparate styles into one cohesive design.

One is a fusion of contemporary and Hawaiian styles, another industrial and modern. A lakeside remodel is Asian-influenced Craftsman. An Avila Beach remodel brought Tuscan elements to Spanish architecture. And another home marries Old World ambience with modern technology.

Here is a preview of the five homes that will be featured on the tour. To see more photos of each home, click here »

The Lindvall Home | 2320 Camino Edna, Arroyo Grande

Designer: Ernie Kim

Builder: Bob Cantrell, Cantrell Construction

Landscape Design: Debbie Black, Landscape Architect

John and Marcie Lindvall wanted a home with the restful ambience they’d experienced on vacations to Hawaii.

When they built their 5,100-square-foot home and guest house, they gave it a modern interpretation of Hawaiian design that is serene and spa-like. Hawaiian influences are seen in the home’s many natural elements. There is ample use of wood, including maple floors inlaid with exotic woods created by Floors of Wood.

Cherry paneling in the office was built by Patrick McGinty and hung on small brackets rather than nails for a cleaner look. Water motifs repeat throughout the house, including the dramatic wave-embedded cast glass window in the hall between the master bedroom and bath.

Outdoor spaces flow seamlessly into indoor spaces with the help of large sliding doors that retract out of sight. The couple has a collection of work by local artists that includes Tracy Taylor watercolors, paintings by Carol Paulsen, pieces by Ian Saude, and ocean-themed paintings and photography by Carol Astaire.

The Smith Home | 1638 Woodland Drive, San Luis Obispo

Architect: Bill Isaman

Builder: Chad Benson

The vision for the home of Keith and Cheryl Smith began with the garage. Keith needed enough space for his machining, welding, vehicle restoration, and woodworking projects — not to mention his vehicle collection that includes a 1959 Morris Minor Traveler, 1960 Austin-Healey "Bug-eye" Sprite, and a 1968 Honda 305 Scrambler motorcycle.

The rest of the 2,600-square-foot home, which includes a one-bedroom casita, takes its inspiration from those pursuits. Its industrial modern design is characterized by exposed ductwork and sleek materials such as concrete floors and slate walls. The back gate was built using a rod from an old oil well, a tribute to Keith’s days working in oil fields.

The couple lent their handiwork to the space. Cheryl chose wall colors and handled painting chores. Keith built around half of the home’s cabinets and woodwork. He used salvaged wood for cabinetry in the casita, including fir from the historic Stanton House and wood from an old oil lease property in Los Alamos.

The Lindenthaler Home | 1012 Vista del Collados, San Luis Obispo

Architect and builder: Jonathan Lindenthaler

When they purchased their 1,800-square-foot Laguna Lake area home, Jonathan and Holly Lindenthaler adored its lakeside location, but not its 1980s tract home look.

Undeterred, they took on a six-month project to give the house an Asian-influenced Craftsman makeover.

Jonathan, who is an architect and was once a general contractor, designed the remodel, was owner-builder and also woodworker. To save money, the couple trained workers they found on Craigslist to handle work such as finish carpentry and plumbing.

Jonathan was hands-on throughout the project, designing and creating many features himself including interior doors, bookcases, an outdoor pergola and several pieces of art and sculpture.

The LaGue Home | 550 Via Buena Ventura, Arroyo Grande

Architect: Bill Isaman

Builder: Shawn Reed

Landscaping: Boushe Landscaping

Marty and Kathy LaGue built their Arroyo Grande home with their entire clan in mind: six children, 18 grandchildren and numerous other kin.

To accommodate the many family gatherings and weekend visitors, they commissioned a 5,624-square-foot Old World estate with three bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a game room, exercise room, office and sitting room. Large gathering spaces, including a sizeable kitchen with seating around a large central island and separate bar, are tailor-made for casual gatherings. Ample windows offer up views of the surrounding Talley Vineyards.

The family enjoys spending time outdoors, so the property includes a barbecue island bar and a combination water feature and fire ring. Solar panels provide all of the family’s electricity — enough to power Marty’s Tesla electric car.

The Sasaki Home | 6450 Harbor Lights Lane, Avila Bay Estates

Builder: J. Cannon Construction

Landscaping: DVL Landscaping

Shirow and Vicki Sasaki bid on a foreclosure in Avila Bay Estates in 2010. They chose to overlook its pervasive water damage in order to focus on the positives: a spectacular view of Avila Bay and “good bones.”

They gutted the house, replaced nearly every material, altered the floor plan and redecorated over the course of one year. Vicki designed the remodel that brought Tuscan elements to the formerly Spanish-style home. The new interior of the 3,876-square-foot home features dark wood moldings, custom tile work, and Italian-inspired furniture.

The exterior renovation was just as dramatic. Landscaping includes several decks as well as an infinity edge pool with water slide and waterfall.

If you go ...

The Homes of Distinction Tour will be held Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $25 per person, granting access to all five homes. Refreshments will be served at the LaGue home.

Tickets are available online at, or in person at the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Arroyo chambers of commerce. Tickets are also available on the day of the tour at any of the five homes. For more information, call (805) 546-8806 or e-mail Proceeds from the tour benefit Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Charities.

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