Noel Cross+Architects
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Earthy Modern contemporary exterior

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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javi6996 wrote:
Love the trim paint color. Can you tell me what colors?
     Comment   October 3, 2013
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Noel Cross+Architects
Not sure I understand the question.
The "paint" color is stained mahogany.
October 7, 2013 at 9:00am   
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ptmlee wrote:
Can you please tell me what type of wood is used here? Beautiful place. Thank you!
   Comment   April 17, 2013
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Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
April 18, 2013 at 8:24am   
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Thank you!
April 19, 2013 at 11:44pm   
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johnnywompton wrote:
What is the floorplan and square footage? - We are planning to build a house, and this may be perfect!
   Comment   March 27, 2013
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Noel Cross+Architects
I'm sorry Jared, but our clients do not want me to share the plans.
I think it's important that I respect their requests.
January 11, 2014 at 1:15pm     
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Jared Miller
No problem, I honor their requests as well!
January 11, 2014 at 4:19pm   
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julieyilmaz wrote:
what is the name of the stones on the stairs?
   Comment   December 20, 2012
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Mountain Ash by Granite Rock.
July 14, 2013 at 8:51pm   
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kadams721 wrote:
What stones are in the driveway. Thanks
   Comment   November 8, 2012
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Uh, well . . . . there is not a driveway in this picture . . .
November 8, 2012 at 3:56pm   
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Correct, it is a rear patio, which is gravel.
July 14, 2013 at 8:54pm   
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