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Earthy Modern contemporary-entry
 

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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April 28, 2013
edprenger wrote:
How do you see who's comming to dinner
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Look at the other photos, where you'll see an entire wall of glass on either side of the door.
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December 27, 2012
cathyken wrote:
What paint color is this?
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Custom color, which the owner requests we not release.
   July 14, 2013 at 8:50PM
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August 30, 2012
mckenzjj23 wrote:
What are the dimensions of that door? - It looks massive.
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Correct!
   July 14, 2013 at 9:10PM
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ktober
what is rough opening? what kind of hinges are needed? is it center pivot or a piano hinge?
   January 4, 2014 at 4:29PM
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August 13, 2012
amylg wrote:
where did you get the door handle?
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Custom designed and made
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Tamara Bryant
Love the door hardware - who makes it?
   April 12, 2013 at 9:15PM
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June 14, 2012
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purchased at Granite Rock - Mountain Ash thin veneer
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Love it and Nice job! Thank you!! Love that door too by the way!
   June 14, 2012 at 12:52PM
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April 19, 2012
kubas wrote:
where can u buy a door like this?
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It's bronze, custom made. Talk to any custom metal worker.
   June 18, 2012 at 8:04AM
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noel...wana be freinds ?i am from pakistan would like to chat and know u more.....wats ur email id ............?or add me plz noor_899@yahoo.com
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April 9, 2012
bitterrootjohn wrote:
What material is this entry door?Thank you.
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I'm going to guess and say they it is an African Mahogany with a stain to make it more brown than red.
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Yes, mahogany
   July 14, 2013 at 9:07PM
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March 7, 2012
mgonza wrote:
Where can I purchase or get information about this light fixture?
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The wall sconces (and door pull) are by Rocky Mountain Hardware.
The Pendant is totally custom designed by myself with input from the interior designer.
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Lisa Frederick added this to So Your Style Is: Arts and Crafts
Style Secret: Warm MetalsChrome and steel look as out of place with this style as flip-flops with a cocktail dress. Bronze, brass and copper with oil-rubbed, antique or patinated finishes complement the signature wood tones and enhance the overall feel of warmth. Metals often are hammered or otherwise distressed in a nod to craftsmanship.Look closer: The oil-rubbed bronze on the fixtures here not only picks up the warmth of the woodwork and stone but also grounds and gives definition to the space. Although the lighting may not be strictly classic Arts and Crafts, its strong, boxy shape and simplicity complement the feel.Houzz Tour: A Modern Take on Arts and CraftsMore 'So Your Style Is': Traditional | Contemporary | Transitional | Cottage | Eclectic | Industrial | Coastal
Bigger might be better. "It really creates a stunning first impression, not only for the beauty of the materials, but for the simplicity of the design and its relationship to the whole — a pretty large house with a very large view," says Noel Cross of Noel Cross+Architects."Originally the front door was to be a fairly normal size, with sidelights on both sides and transoms overhead," he says. "But once we began to finalize the order, I took a chance and asked the owners if they would consider one large pivot door since the original idea began to seem too cut up and fussy."They settled on a "huge" door — 80 inches wide by 120 inches tall by 3½ inches thick. It was built from solid sapele mahogany with bronze accents and installed on a pivot hinge that can be opened with one finger. "In this case," says Cross, "proportions demanded the larger door, and it was the right thing to do."

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