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Walnut Woods Residence contemporary-exterior

Walnut Woods Residence

Taking its cues from both persona and place, this residence seeks to reconcile a difficult, walnut-wooded site with the late client’s desire to live in a log home in the woods. The residence was conceived as a 24 ft x 150 ft linear bar rising into the trees from northwest to southeast. Positioned according to subdivision covenants, the structure bridges 40 ft across an existing intermittent creek, thereby preserving the natural drainage patterns and habitat. The residence’s long and narrow massing allowed many of the trees to remain, enabling the client to live in a wooded environment. A requested pool “grotto” and porte cochere complete the site interventions. The structure’s section rises successively up a cascading stair to culminate in a glass-enclosed meditative space (known lovingly as the “bird feeder”), providing access to the grass roof via an exterior stair. The walnut trees, cleared from the site during construction, were locally milled and returned to the residence as hardwood flooring.

Photo Credit: Eric Williams (Sophisticated Living magazine)

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The grass roof of this distinctive house certainly attracts the most attention, but the horizontal articulation of the small windows is quite interesting, like a line of Morse code. The row of windows sits just above door height, and some are set back from the wood facade.
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In climates that aren’t as forgiving, drought-tolerant grasses (like the ones on this roof), sedums or succulents can all be good options, depending on climate and sun exposure.Tip: Once your living roof is installed — whether you’ve opted for modules or a garden — water it right away to settle the soil.

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In climates that aren’t as forgiving, drought-tolerant grasses (like the ones on this roof), sedums or succulents can all be good options, depending on climate and sun exposure. Tip: Once your living roof is installed — whether you’ve opted for modules or a garden — water it right away to settle the soil.
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