Noel Cross+Architects
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Earthy Modern contemporary-patio

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

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finelaw wrote:
Chairs - Where can we buy these great looking chairs?
   Comment   December 15, 2013
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Noel Cross+Architects
You'll have to call the interior designer who designed them and had them made.
Joanie Wick
December 20, 2013 at 8:04AM   
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Atlantic Patio Furniture
I also love the chairs. Great style! But I see a sheen on the wood which is what makes it look so beautiful. Unfortunately, that beauty diminishes as mother nature as mother nature does her thing - then the maintenance begins. That is the best reason for going teak and letting the patina color make it look classic. Our Augusta collection reclines and is similar - almost.
July 25, 2014 at 6:34PM   
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chloecasey wrote:
What is the rock veneer on the columns and wall face? Thank you.
   Comment   October 14, 2012
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WHat was used for the cap on these walls?
July 27, 2013 at 10:33AM   
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Noel Cross+Architects
The same.
July 29, 2013 at 7:27AM   
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missykb wrote:
Can you please tell me the chair manufacturer? Thank you.
   Comment   April 19, 2012
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Noel Cross+Architects
They were custom made by an artisan, so they aren't available.
The wide flat arm rests are perfect for a glass of wine.
April 19, 2012 at 7:59AM   
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Bentley Design
We are currently building a love seat similar in design to these chairs or a client , let us know if we can help you. Please see pour profile on Houzz .
April 19, 2012 at 3:04PM   
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finelaw wrote:
Chairs - Could we custom order these chairs?
   Comment   December 19, 2013

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