Ana Williamson Architect
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Menlo Oaks Residence contemporary exterior

Menlo Oaks Residence


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Love your work! Keep the great pics coming!
     Comment   June 25, 2013
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Ana Williamson Architect
Thank you, we appreciate it!
July 3, 2013 at 11:50am     
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juststaci wrote:
Chicago Woodey - What special precautions would one have to take to keep a wood exterior like this intact in chicago?
   Comment   April 12, 2013
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The wood shown in the facade appears to be Ipe. Ipe is a Brazilian Hardwood that is actually 10x harder than Redwood. Ipe can be found in farmed raised regenerative forests. It is maintenance free and without any chemical additives. The natural properties of Ipe help resist termites, mold and wood rot. A properly design wall with a vapor barrier, stainless steel screws and other details would help this system stay intact.
May 31, 2013 at 10:25am   
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June 20, 2013 at 9:59pm   
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newhouse4us wrote:
Need architect - Who is the architect ?
   Comment   February 2, 2013
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Ana Williamson Architect
Ana Williamson Architect in Menlo Park CA
February 3, 2013 at 1:53pm   
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nade716 wrote:
I love the wood "siding-(not sure if that's the correct term)" on this house. Can you tell me what type of wood this is. Would this be good for Florida? Does this wood fade at all? Thank you so much!
   Comment   August 20, 2011
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It's most likely a stained cedar, cypress, or redwood. These species are most rot resistant. Wood siding does need to be maintained & restained at intervals.
August 20, 2011 at 7:04am   
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jacqued wrote:
Concrete sizes? - I have 31 feet from my porch to the curb. I'm trying to figure out how many slabs will look good! Thank you :-)
   Comment   August 21, 2013
zthar wrote:
Love th floor - If you would please provide details. Thank you.
   Comment   April 8, 2013

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This house in Menlo Park, near San Francisco, is another example of relating the design to the landscape, this time by embracing it. A mature tree in the front of the house was not only preserved, but was made the focus of the U-shape plan.
Sheila Schmitz added this to Magical Garden Paths
Staggered rectangles show the way to a modern entrance.
Debra Prinzing added this to Teach Your Landscape Rhythm
Repeating bands appear in this entry garden in a slightly different way. The long, horizontal pathway gains a rhythmic vibe because each piece staggers to the left or right of center. Visually, this is exciting to view and to traverse. Ground covers planted between each band help to soften the otherwise stark installation.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Modern Garden Style
The elements of a typical Southwestern garden could be custom made for a contemporary landscape. The plantings are sparse, typical of an area where rainfall is scarce. The hardscaping materials mimic the colors of the house, allowing the landscaping to feel like it is an extension of the home rather than a separate space. The single tree, with its sculptural form, is the only statement piece needed for this entry.

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interesting but boring
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offset large rectangular pavers
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front walkway made out of large concrete rectangles offset from one another
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combination of wood chips and pebbles
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I like the staggered pattern a lot. Feels not so boring and straight. Might be my favorite.
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Soft planting
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Staggered dalles
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entry pavers
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colors. wood
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Here's the only example I could find of the random paver placement. I don't like it.
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Use of Staggered concrete for gentle slope
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two element concept uneven stone steps (contrast even facade)
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probably energy efficient
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like the mixed exterior
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Love the theme
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front entry walk
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Concrete pads
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Staggered path
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This staggered walkway is like an art installation. What a simple and cool way to liven up your front or back yard.
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entrence/ garden
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Exterior walls
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The tree and concrete steps and look
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staggered modern paver
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idea entrada
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Front steps
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Walk; pavers
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house designed around large tree
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beautiful tree near entry!
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Steps, patio
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Ext floor
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Slabs for front of house.
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offset rectangular paver path
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Front y oak tree
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Love this!
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Big big pavers
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Sisa en pared lisa
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steps to the front door
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minimal plantings
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Planters - Finishes
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Modern stone path
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Entrada da Casa
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Large 1 Level
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Staggered concrete platform walkway.
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like the house
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Like the paver path
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offset pattern of pavers
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walkway--decorative landscaping
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pathway spacking
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Good concrete pavers
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color, windows, path
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walkway and landscaping are structured and simple. look like part of the house
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house design, mixed claddings
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Cool walkway
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wood under overhang
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Panneau dans fenêtre qui monte plus haut
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Can the pvc windows be black?
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neat contemporary/rustic exterior
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Beautiful modern home!
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stucco and wood
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Den aussendesign des Hauses finde ich dabei eigentlich richtig cool. Wenn ich das auf mich übertragen wurde wäre das glaube ich ein Stockwerk mehr und.... Ja sonst finde Ichs glaub ich total klasse
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front entrance
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Walk way modern and uneven
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Setting, modernity
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i like cement blocks with grass in between
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Box house
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casa en toay
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good concrete wood combination
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Beautiful lines, geometry and textures, with perfectly matched landscaping
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Façade blanc et bois
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Huge slabs and tree
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losetas de entrada
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landscape Architecture
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Nice combo of wood n cement
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The shape & style of the house
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I love this
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nice mix of wood and concrete
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entry path
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Lighter lower color Brown hardy boards
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Front yard
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Front entrance
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rectangular pavers
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staggered sidewalk sections
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Front walk
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Love this house
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Front overhang
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Offset pavers.
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Modern look
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Walkway to house
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mod house
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Incorporating mature trees into yard and hardscaping
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garden path
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Calçada frente pedras
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pavers w/ grass
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IPE wood contrast
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Highlight tree- gravel vs plantings at base
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love low maintenance
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Wood stucco black farmes
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Concrete use
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landscape is amazing now all we need to do is fine a 100 year old live oak
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entry path
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The offset larger pavers
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colors of the house
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Back yard
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stucco and wood
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Modern square facade
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front yard --maybe we can remove the round stone base and keep it simple like this.
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what do you think babe?
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Like these slabs to the front door
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Camino exterior 2
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Outside entry garden......simple, bold.....but with overhangs for rainy season
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Staggered rectangles show the way to a modern entrance.
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Too contemporary but interesting forms
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Staggered walkway
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Lines of house
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white v. wood
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Offset concrete pads with grass or rock in between
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