Earthy ModernContemporary Entry, San Francisco

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

Entryway - contemporary limestone floor and beige floor entryway idea in San Francisco with a medium wood front door and beige walls —  Houzz
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This photo has 13 questions
mckenzjj23 wrote:Aug 30, 2012
goin4it wrote:Aug 13, 2012
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    Noel Cross+Architects

    See above, question has been answered - it's Rocky Mountain Hardware.

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    L A .
Sabrina Sidharthan wrote:Jan 24, 2016
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    Noel Cross+Architects

    NorthStar Woodworks in Washington (state) is the maker.

    That's pretty far from Northern Minnesota!

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    ETO Doors

    ETO Doors makes Custom Doors. The Wholesale Manufacturer is located in Los Angeles, Ca. Call 844.231.0298. Nationwide shipping is available.

kubas wrote:Apr 19, 2012
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    Noel Cross+Architects
    It's bronze, custom made. Talk to any custom metal worker.
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    interior designer
    noel...wana be freinds ?i am from pakistan would like to chat and know u more.....wats ur email id ............?or add me plz
bitterrootjohn wrote:Apr 9, 2012
  • goozy
    What is the stain color and brand on the African mohagany?
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    Noel Cross+Architects

    Clear Stain/sealer Sikkens

Eric Burk wrote:Feb 2, 2017
  • Eric Burk

    Sorry, trying to be more clear. If you wanted to close the door but n to lock it how will it stay shut? Is ball catch or something being used? Or like if I have a chile and who wants to go outside and play, but does not want to lock the door. How do we ensure the door stays shut?

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    Noel Cross+Architects

    it has a flat spot that is in the pivot hinge, and it just stays in the shut position.

    the door is 4 1/2" thick so it's too heavy to be moved by the wind.

mgonza wrote:Mar 7, 2012
  • Kathy Lang

    Beautiful entry!

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    Noel Cross+Architects

    I'm glad you like it! And, the previous post mentions that it was a totally custom design, so it's not available anywhere.

Melanie wrote:Jun 14, 2012
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    Noel Cross+Architects
    purchased at Granite Rock - Mountain Ash thin veneer
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    Love it and Nice job! Thank you!! Love that door too by the way!
Kent Baker wrote:Jan 29, 2018
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    Noel Cross+Architects

    the door is 6'-8" wide, x 10' tall - it was custom made- so it does not have a "brand"

dawnparon wrote:Sep 26, 2016
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    Noel Cross+Architects

    The lantern above the porch was a custom dimensioned one of a kind design.

edprenger wrote:Apr 28, 2013
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    Noel Cross+Architects
    Look at the other photos, where you'll see an entire wall of glass on either side of the door.
Ckenyyy wrote:Dec 27, 2012

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Lawrence Karol added this to Expert Talk: Front Doors Hold Key to Great StyleJun 8, 2012

Bigger might be better. "It really creates a stunning first impression, not only for the beauty of the materials, but for the simplicity of the design and its relationship to the whole — a pretty large house with a very large view," says Noel Cross of Noel Cross+Architects."Originally the front door was to be a fairly normal size, with sidelights on both sides and transoms overhead," he says. "But once we began to finalize the order, I took a chance and asked the owners if they would consider one large pivot door since the original idea began to seem too cut up and fussy."They settled on a "huge" door — 80 inches wide by 120 inches tall by 3½ inches thick. It was built from solid sapele mahogany with bronze accents and installed on a pivot hinge that can be opened with one finger. "In this case," says Cross, "proportions demanded the larger door, and it was the right thing to do."

Lisa Frederick added this to So Your Style Is: Arts and CraftsMar 1, 2012

Style Secret: Warm MetalsChrome and steel look as out of place with this style as flip-flops with a cocktail dress. Bronze, brass and copper with oil-rubbed, antique or patinated finishes complement the signature wood tones and enhance the overall feel of warmth. Metals often are hammered or otherwise distressed in a nod to craftsmanship.Look closer: The oil-rubbed bronze on the fixtures here not only picks up the warmth of the woodwork and stone but also grounds and gives definition to the space. Although the lighting may not be strictly classic Arts and Crafts, its strong, boxy shape and simplicity complement the feel.Update your doors with new oil-rubbed bronze hardwarePhotos: Get more Arts and Crafts home design ideas

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Nancy Pennell added this to Pennell - Entry lighting3 days ago

From your original ideabook. Has black. Appears to be designed for outdoors

D Britt added this to Wish ListSep 11, 2019

Style Secret: Warm Metals Chrome and steel look as out of place with this style as flip-flops with a cocktail dress. Bronze, brass and copper with oil-rubbed, antique or patinated finishes complement the signature wood tones and enhance the overall feel of warmth. Metals often are hammered or otherwise distressed in a nod to craftsmanship.

Deanna Kavanaugh added this to Scottsdale RemodelAug 20, 2019

We would like the interior doors and the moldings to be this color.

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