John Senhauser Architects
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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: Scott Hisey

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February 23, 2013
ayeshashah wrote:
adding closet to a bedroom, need ideas - need to add a closet to a room. ideas?

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John Hill added this to Corner Windows Bend Imagination
This last example unfortunately doesn't have an inside view to accompany it, so it's up to your imagination. Like the previous house this corner window appears grafted onto another house. The stair leading to the roof reveals that the projecting window may be serving a couple of purposes, as a lookout and as access to the more special realm above.More:Micro Additions: When You Want Just a Little More RoomSkinny Windows: Exclamation Points of LightRibbon Windows: Openness, Privacy and Cool, Modern Design
Houzz added this to Dovetail
The corners of this contemporary home have enormous pins and tails, which are the alternating projections of a dovetail joint.

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View lookout
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glass room
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We could do it this way on the backwall
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Exterior stair
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Stick out glass room to stairs
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i like the "observation box"
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juts out over the wall
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Back side of house overlooking woods? If flat roof, some sort of ladder to overlook?
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Interesting outer stairs to go to rooftop patio
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Contemplation room
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Rooftop stairs
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small space low carbon functional design
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Glass room off back
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roof building height stair solution
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creative use of stairs
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Walnut Woods Residence!
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to the roof
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outcropping window
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rooftop houses
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roof deck
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roof deck
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Neat roof access
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roof top retreat
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Simple, cheap-looking exterior stairs
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Very cool way to access the roof
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roof deck
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Roof top balcony
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exterior stairs to roof deck
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Window box/roof access
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Glass room and stairs
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Stairs to roof deck
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Stair room up
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Outside upstairs balcony to roof.
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modern projecting bay exterior stair shed roof
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Remy would like....
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different approach to roof
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roof access
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Popout to provide roof deck access?
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To rooftop balcony
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Nice form
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Tangga ke atap.
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Rooftop deck
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stairway access
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stairs to yard
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Roof stair
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Clever glass box connection to roof deck
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wow-stairs to roof
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Roof access
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Leading to an upstairs Deck
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A gym that hangs off the house
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If this was a terrace, I'd like it more.
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Great exit to a rooftop deck.
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roof top getaway from a great room with a view.
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Canitlevered popout for master
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roof deck
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siding ideas
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glass corner and outdoor indoor stairs
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glass room
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nice access to rooftop
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windowbox instead of a raised deck. Cool.
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Mi soñada oficina
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Corner window
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Interesting Cube + Stairs
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Master window corner with roof access
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Flat rooftop
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Stairs to rooftop
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Roof access
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enclosed glass porch on 2nd level
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Exposed exterior stairs
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Landscape, exterior, windows.
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Loft balcony with side staircase to roof deck
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upper level
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November 24, 2013
Outside stairs are a good use of space leading to a grass roof.
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Very Wild Window Bumpout Idea.
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November 8, 2013
For my lake property
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Corner window
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Extra space
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Outside stairs and deck
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Stairs to roof
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side of house
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stairs to roof top
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Jamela e escada
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Lookout point for view
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from guest bedroom
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Roof top stairs
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this is mine.
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August 11, 2013
Maybe something like this comes off of the dining room area, "conservatory" or mud room.
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August 5, 2013
Rooftop room
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July 31, 2013
Cool architecture
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Way to rooftop deck
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July 27, 2013
Not the house... but i love the staircase leading to the roof!
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External staircase idea
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Stair landing
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Wow arch
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Deck access...
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Cantilevered bay window
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June 8, 2013
Real neat spot for a sun room/look out.
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glass box staircase green roof wood meditation
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might work on land
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Glass bthroom
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Steel stair to roof
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Cantilevered stairs for terrace
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inspirational image
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Pop out
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Master bath and stair to roof deck
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cool office
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Look at architects web
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March 15, 2013
great idea
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rooftop access idea
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space extender
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Stair entry
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rooftop path
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cool 3rd floor to roof top stairs
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projecting window as a space gain
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cool lookout
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February 6, 2013
Looks amazing. Like a room of windows grafted on to the house
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February 3, 2013
Secret staircase!
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February 3, 2013
Combine with a cupola idea
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access to roof
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Roof top deck
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Nice bay window & stair to roof.
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Board and baton
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Love the stairway to the roof
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January 1, 2013
an add on for the glass room
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