High-Performance California Courtyard Home

On a north-sloping acre in west Palo Alto, this house is carefully sited and detailed to maximize the experience of the semi-rural site while remaining comfortable year round. Rigorous design, testing and construction detailing resulted in an elegant, high-performance house that is perfectly suited to its climate and the exacting needs of the outdoor-oriented family it houses.
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The simple, modern volumes of the structure are accented with natural finishes and personal touches such as the 2 locally-salvaged eucalyptus posts that support the roof and mark the entry, along with salvaged cedar siding. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“Open Soffit-Cedar Posts” — misskapayne
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The outdoor “room” opens to the north stepping up to a terrace and pool surrounded by meadow. The change in grade is retained by gabions providing habitat and filtered drainage. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“solar panels, clothesline tree, and kitchen garden” — dawnrpt
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Internally focused, three distinct volumes are joined to create a private courtyard adjacent to a mature stand of live oak trees that provide afternoon shade. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“Pavers” — vitma371
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Large overhangs and shading fins limit summer solar gain, supplemented by espaliered citrus trees. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“overhang(S)” — missustrisk
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Shading fins and sliding shutters provide solar control. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“Great down-spout !” — cbmomma
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Separating the office from the main house a drainage channel brings site water to a plant-filled catchment basin. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“pattern” — sammpson
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Teragren Bamboo countertops with an inset of black granite (a remnant) are featured at the kitchen as well as backsplash of “cuerda seca” tile from the owner’s hometown in Spain. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“Ceiling” — dcutshaw
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Large windows bring daylight and a view to the master bath. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“smaller format but still a nice color - darker” — aam426
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Slatted shutters slide over the double doors at the courtyard to protect the playroom from afternoon sun. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“floor” — Leigh Dawson
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A wood "stage" at the end of the playroom acts as a transition to the bedroom wing. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“steps” — lizardrange
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The building envelope is carefully detailed with blown cellulose insulation, air-sealing, a wrap of mineral wool insulation board, and a fiber-cement rain-screen to minimize thermal transfer while providing an elegant, durable finish. © www.edwardcaldwellphoto.com
“ARKIN TILT : high performance CA courtyard home” — lalaloohoo
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