Noel Cross+Architects
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Earthy Modern contemporary-hall
 

Earthy Modern

Who says green and sustainable design has to look like it? Designed to emulate the owner’s favorite country club, this fine estate home blends in with the natural surroundings of it’s hillside perch, and is so intoxicatingly beautiful, one hardly notices its numerous energy saving and green features.

Durable, natural and handsome materials such as stained cedar trim, natural stone veneer, and integral color plaster are combined with strong horizontal roof lines that emphasize the expansive nature of the site and capture the “bigness” of the view. Large expanses of glass punctuated with a natural rhythm of exposed beams and stone columns that frame the spectacular views of the Santa Clara Valley and the Los Gatos Hills.

A shady outdoor loggia and cozy outdoor fire pit create the perfect environment for relaxed Saturday afternoon barbecues and glitzy evening dinner parties alike. A glass “wall of wine” creates an elegant backdrop for the dining room table, the warm stained wood interior details make the home both comfortable and dramatic.

The project’s energy saving features include:
- a 5 kW roof mounted grid-tied PV solar array pays for most of the electrical needs, and sends power to the grid in summer 6 year payback!
- all native and drought-tolerant landscaping reduce irrigation needs
- passive solar design that reduces heat gain in summer and allows for passive heating in winter
- passive flow through ventilation provides natural night cooling, taking advantage of cooling summer breezes
- natural day-lighting decreases need for interior lighting
- fly ash concrete for all foundations
- dual glazed low e high performance windows and doors

Design Team:
Noel Cross+Architects - Architect
Christopher Yates Landscape Architecture
Joanie Wick – Interior Design
Vita Pehar - Lighting Design
Conrado Co. – General Contractor
Marion Brenner – Photography
URL
http://www.nfcarchitect.com

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personalbreakthru wrote:
What color stain is the ceiling, floor and baseboards? Beatufiul
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Oak & Broad
You did such a good job with that walnut floor. I am in love!
January 14, 2014 at 10:40AM     
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The floor looks so awesome, great job!!
March 15, 2014 at 7:08PM   
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okarche wrote:
Are the pictures in the background a print and where can I get them?
   Comment   August 22, 2013
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Noel Cross+Architects
No, they are original art commissioned by the owners.
August 22, 2013 at 7:05AM   
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fanfan wrote:
From what comp. this floor came? - This floor do not have the Peruvian grain. It look more like a very good quality of Acacia . I just love that floor and would like to buy from the company that it come from Thank you
     Comment   August 4, 2013
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Noel Cross+Architects
We don't have that information, sorry.
July 7, 2014 at 2:48PM   
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Suz Chartier
Thank you...I live a small midwest town and its hard to find flooring rich with color....Mohawk or Shaw is it and I think due to our economic base, we have less expensive samples only. thanks for answering so quickly!
July 7, 2014 at 2:58PM   
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atlas26 wrote:
Cost - How much would it be to build a house like this?
   Comment   June 17, 2013
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606nandel
In the neighborhood of $500 per sq. ft. plus landscaping.
June 18, 2013 at 8:04AM   
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Noel Cross+Architects
In the neighborhood of $500 per sq. ft. plus landscaping.
July 14, 2013 at 8:40PM   
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Kerry Clair wrote:
Light? - Where did the hallway light come from?
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Jon Koehler
beautiful columns, great lines
July 15, 2013 at 10:12AM     
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Noel Cross+Architects
Thank you!
July 15, 2013 at 10:14AM     
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dina1109 wrote:
Very rich, what did you use to get the sheen on the Rubio Monocoat?
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I have no idea what you are referring to, sorry.
May 13, 2013 at 8:00AM   
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7terry wrote:
rubio monocoat - what color is the stain?
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Clear
April 15, 2013 at 8:18AM   
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judithsingletary wrote:
I really like the cubes. Where can they be purchased?
   Comment   September 11, 2012
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no, the cube-shaped ottomans sitting by the windows.
September 11, 2012 at 1:33PM   
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Oh gosh, you mean the furniture!
I am the architect, not the homeowner or interior designer.
July 14, 2013 at 9:01PM   
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terridonlea wrote:
What type of wood is this beautiful floor made of?
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@Lauratarn, I just had Rubio applied in a darker finish to my floors and, needless to say, I don't like the finish. I think it's because I went too dark with the color because the the finish is very dull and dusty looking, even after a damp mop with Rubio cleaner. I'm hoping that 2 coats of Rubio satin soap will give it enough sheen to remedy that problem. If not I'm going to have them restained lighter. I love the color of your floors, do you remember what you used?
May 24, 2013 at 8:30AM   
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dina1109: Monocoat floors will be less reflective than any poly but they should have some amount of satiny shine. The dull, dusty quality in your floors 'may' indicate sanding and/or application error. Very dark floors show dust, dirt and scratches more easily but it sounds to me like the problem is in the finish. It also sounds like you'd probably be happier with the Pure ''color" which is colorless. It darkens the wood a bit but I think the results are more natural/classic. I am suspicious of the Rubio Cleaner because it seemed to leave a white film when I spot tested it. I use clear water with a microfiber or terrycloth damp mop only and my floors look pretty and clean. Also, another thing to be aware of is that the Rubio satin soap product is a semi-permanent top coating that needs to be maintained, like old fashioned floor wax, at least according to a distributor I spoke to about it. He told me that the satin soap layer had to be completely removed before any light spot repairs could be done. I am not a floor professional so double check all this with your distributor, a trusted floor finisher or Monocoat directly. Good luck.
June 24, 2013 at 1:07PM   
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mayata15 wrote:
Wall color? - Love how the colors. What is the wall color?
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theaterfix wrote:
Is carpeting next to the flooring? Are they carpet tiles?
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5. Flooring. The thickness of a flooring material affects many things, including the rough carpentry work that happens at the start of a project. If you want your floors to “plane out” (not have transitions up or down), making a definitive flooring decision is critical. Many flooring materials, like wood and Marmoleum, have a lead time for arrival. Then these materials need to acclimate and adjust to the ambient temperature and humidity in the house. If flooring is installed without acclimating, it can expand or contract, causing gaps or bulging in the flooring. Usually four to five days are enough, but some products need two weeks of acclimation. Carpeting can go in without acclimating at the very end of the project. However, interior millwork is installed in different ways, and there are different orders depending on whether you choose carpeting or some other flooring material. Best practice: Choose your flooring before your project starts so that your contractor can make the surfaces plane out, and so that lead and acclimation times are not an issue.Find a home pro near you

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