Allen Associates
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Sycamore Canyon Contemporary contemporary exterior

Sycamore Canyon Contemporary

Architect: Bob Pester, Burnell, Branch & Pester Architecture
Photography: Jim Bartsch Photography

The original A-frame home on this hillside lot was destroyed by wildfire. Not surprisingly, the clients wanted to rebuild a fire resistant home. Working together with their architect and builder, they chose a contemporary design with few, if any, fire susceptible, “weak links.”

When design was first discussed, the owners expressed a desire to have the house not be as exposed to the street as their previous. Primary motivation was privacy, but an added advantage was reducing solar heat gain on the southern exposure. The original concept was to bring some light in from the south, with the majority coming from the north along with fabulous views of the canyon and mountains nearby. As the conceptual building masses took shape, the architect was inspired to punch small openings into the south elevation, positioning them primarily for light infiltration, not to see out of. The goal was to compose a seemingly random-looking arrangement of the window fenestrations, even though their placement had a specific purpose in relation to each respective interior space.

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potpouri wrote:
what technic has been used for that effect?
   Comment   August 6, 2013
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How to achieve the variation on the wall
August 11, 2013 at 8:18pm   
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The walls ar ehand troweled stucco. The variation in the stucco color is created by how you trowel it. Some parts dry faster than others - creating the light and dark pattern. Any quality stucco company should be able to do this. I hope this helps.
August 12, 2013 at 10:06am     
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Valerie Kisiel wrote:
What are the stucco colors? - Stucco colors???
   Comment   May 29, 2013
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Valerie Kisiel
Oops now I see there are 3. Thanks!
January 1, 2014 at 7:30pm   
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Thank you for your interest in our Sycamore Canyon Contemporary Remodel. Yes, three different stucco colors were used on the front of this house to add definition, depth and interest.
January 2, 2014 at 9:46am   
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timotej wrote:
Building material - Is this house build from AAC blocks?
   Comment   August 19, 2012
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Can you please specify the color of the aluminium garage door, very unusual color for aluminum. please and thank you.
May 28, 2013 at 11:15am   
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Here are the specifics: Amarr Stratford 3000 in Sandtone (not Sandstone) color. (
May 29, 2013 at 11:38am   
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