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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February 23, 2014
mcderha wrote:
where are the teak chairs from
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All of th outdoor furniture was custom designed and made for this project.
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August 25, 2013
Sarah Walters wrote:
What stone is used on the columns?
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See other photos of this project, where I have answered this question a number of times.
Here it is again: Mountain Ash 50% light 50% dark from Granite Rock.
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July 3, 2013
volanta wrote:
Can you tell me where the doors into the interior were purchased? - What type of doors are they? Who made the outdoor furniture?
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If by "doors into the interior" you actually mean the Exterior Doors, they were custom designed by our office and custom made by Northstar in Washington State. The furniture was also custom designed by Joanie Wick Interior Design, she would know who the actual maker was.
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February 26, 2013
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integral color stucco plaster
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integral color stucco plaster
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February 14, 2013
tugglekruger wrote:
Like the outdoor lights on the exterior of the house wall on this photo. Can you tell me where to find them?
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i like it
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Rocky Mountain Hardware
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