LEED Platinum Weekend Home in Sierra Foothils

This weekend home for a silicon valley family achieved LEED Platinum status for its super energy efficiency, sustainable materials, and conscientious design.
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The master bedroom has a barrel-vaulted ceiling, two-tone paint, and crown moulding fascia with LED rope lighting for accent. Ceiling fans and a NightBreeze system provide the only summer cooling.
“master color” — tammymanske
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The maser bathroom has bamboo cabinets, a barn door track (see in mirror), and salvaged sink and fixture.
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The master bathroom is accessible with no curbs at the shower; and the pebble stone floor is slip-proof
“Color scheme combined w wood” — hbuiskool
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Concrete countertops were poured in place then stained and finished. They are a feature of this spacious kitchen designed for cooking. The bamboo cabinets and earth tone colors also help make this kitchen pop while keeping it grounded with nature.
“stove placement, breakfast bar, enclosure for drop-in stove” — jamiepf
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Behind the cooktop you see the green concrete backsplash highlighted with a hand-drawn tree, also done with stains, and connecting this space to the oak woodlands where the house is.
“concrete backsplash” — kmetz203
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Close-up of the stained concrete counters and backsplash.
“Trees on backsplash” — mla2013
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A masonry heater with 9" of concrete around it acts as thermal mass and provides all the necessary heat during winter.
“Wood beams and posts” — sarahc529
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A shoe shelf at the entry provides convenient storage and helps keep the concrete floors clean. The small space behind the shoe shelving is a reading nook and play area for the kids.
“Porte” — clauzier
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The guest bathroom is highlighted by salvaged cabinet, salvaged slate, salvaged sink and fixture, salvaged mirror, and salvaged interior doors.
“what the kohler sink might look like” — malbert4
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The curbless shower makes this bathroom accessible for all. High windows bring in natural light from two directions.
“Like the floor” — hannastalker
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The kids' loft is accessed by a wall ladder and a hatch with weighted pulley. The cork floors are soft underfoot and easy to keep clean. The exposed rigid ducting is painted purple for a playful touch.
“trap door” — Victoria Bochat Interiors
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Peeled log timbers and a swing made of salvaged wood create a welcoming feeling at the entry.
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The north side of the house is highlighted by the outdoor patio recessed into the sloping hillside. The curving retaining wall helps define different areas including BBQ, dining, fire pit, access to wine cellar, etc. The shed roof with the 3 small windows creates a pop-up area for the kids' loft (see other photos of interior).
“Backyard wall” — lorisdecorate
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The long axis of the house faces south for passive solar design. The standing seam metal roof, stucco walls, masonry patio and other features make this house fire-resistant
“roof and stucco example” — Kirsten Cook
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Local stone is highlighted in the stone wall on the left, designed to look like layers or strata of the earth.
“Outside beautiful” — lv48
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Local stone is highlighted in the stone wall on the left, designed to look like layers or strata of the earth. The stone tunnel to the wine cellar was formed and set by hand. The wood storage bin to right of the opening is for the firepit.
“Ok” — sodi
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The curving secret tunnel to the wine cellar was formed and set by hand with local stone. Built-in niches with accent lighting add character.
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This wood bin design was inspired by the manzanita prevalent on the property, and was built with wire mesh forms and ferro cement and then stained
“Tree supports” — ninimurphy
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This retaining wall curves around while providing a hidden nook for a hammock outside the master suite.
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The Marvin windows are set in the middle of 11" thick super-insulated walls, and the concrete sills and detailing help keep the structure fire-resistant.
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Creeping Thyme was planted between the flagstones at the back patio to make the pervious surface cooler and greener throughout the year.
“Green to make it seem more pervious?” — laxtaxi
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Close-up detail of the barn door track at the master bathroom
“Header” — kkoppang
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Close-up detail of barn door flat track at guest bedroom.
“Heavy door” — Julaine Fogarty
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