Earthy ModernContemporary Exterior, 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

Large contemporary beige one-story mixed siding exterior home idea in San Francisco with a mixed material roof —  Houzz
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This photo has 6 questions
naomz wrote:Sep 30, 2012
parsagio wrote:Dec 20, 2012
  • Borja Cuan

    Hi Noel - Can you provide the contact info for the gate manufacturer?

  • Lucy Gibson

    Great question about what type of wood was used for this automatic gate. I love the burnt-red color, it goes great with the tan stacked stone wall. It also looks like it matches the wood trim around the windows. My husband and I would love to install a swing gate for our house. We'd love the convenience of getting in and out of our house without having to leave our vehicle to manually open the gate. 

design1987 wrote:Oct 30, 2011
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    Samantha, Jordan & Co., LLC
    What color of stucco is that? I love it!
  • PRO
    Noel Cross+Architects
    It is integral color stucco which was arrived at by doing 5 sample colors.
    Te favorite was chosen, but I really couldn't tell you the final formula. Sorry.
Design Outdoor, Inc. wrote:Oct 31, 2012
Brenda wrote:Jul 29, 2013
  • PRO
    Noel Cross+Architects
    It is custom integral color stucco, so no paint color is available.
Design Outdoor, Inc. wrote:Oct 31, 2012

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Armelle Miller added this to Armelle's ideasSep 2, 2019

stacked stone column to separate stucco or fence wall

miss__jackson added this to Botanica SancturyJul 25, 2019

front gate maybe option to inc stone feature

HU-714823191 added this to Modern Stone ExteriorApr 26, 2019

This is similar to the stone color/tones currently selected

Sage Design added this to Client - Losey 2019Feb 10, 2019

Napa Quarry Stone - Gate Columns

Andrew Witt added this to Andrew's ideasJan 29, 2019

like house modern aspects + natural look

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