“Whenever I tell people I was the  architect for this house, the first thing  people say to me is; ‘That house is  gorgeous, but it took forever to get it  approved - you must not be very  good with processing permits!’  My  response is always the same - I was  Architect #4 on the project!”  Initially, Steve Yett was brought on  board in the capacity of advisory  consultant to help Architect #2  combat neighborhood opposition to  the project. It wasn’t initially  approved as a two story house, and  would need to be re-designed as a  one story house with a basement in  order to be approved by the Planning Commission.  “Architect #2 was arrogant and  refused to redesign the house,  saying something to the effect that  the design was perfect the way it  was and that the Planning  Commissioners were idiots - which  might be true - but regardless, you  don’t abandon the client and the  project because of this...  Actually,  that was a pretty funky design now  that I think back on it....  There was a  lot of weird wasted space that was  required to make the design work as  a scultural element. The client then hired a famous  ‘Starchitect’ who came up with a very  radical über-modern house design  that kissed the allowable building  envelope from top to bottom.” 
“The client showed me the plans that Architect  #3 came up with - I loved the design; I told her  that she should build it and get it published in  Architectural Digest. I figured my involvement  was over that point.”  “I got a phone call a few months later, and the  client told me that she wanted the house re-  designed in the Xin Tian Di style from Shanghai; but keeping the Planning Department approvals  in place.  I was insistent that she should build  the house as approved.  She told me that she  didn’t like the boxiness of the modern design,  and wanted to live in something traditional,  reminiscent of her childhood.  And if I wouldn’t  design it, she would find someone else.  I gave  her the names and phone numbers of a few  other architects that I thought she should  consider hiring.  She called me back a few  weeks later and said that she liked my  straightforward approach better than any of the  other architects she had interviewed and  somehow convinced me to take on the  commission.” Steve Yett redesigned the project in the Xin Tian Di style and got it re-approved with relative  ease.  The contractor was in the middle of  pouring the foundation when the client spoke  with a prominent local realtor who suggested  that building a house in such a distinctly Asian  style would limit her buying audience should she ever choose to sell her dream house. “So there we were, redesigning while the  contractor was building.  I am amazed that the  design turned out so cohesive given all of the  changes and adversity that this project  perservered!”  “Carrying on the soap opera tradition of this  project; the project landscape architect quit  when he figured out that it was the client’s  teenage stepson who had a car accident with  his lover resulting in a horrible verbal altercation  between the two.”  “Once we got past all of the drama, the client  made good decisions in a timely fashion.  For  instance; it was her idea to install a Christopher  Peacock Kitchen.” This five bedroom 7,000 S.F. residence has a  timeless elegance that is reminiscent of several  architectural styles all at once.  “In the end, the  client and I agreed to call it a ‘California  Cottage.’”