Saratoga Creek HouseContemporary Exterior, San Francisco
Photo credit: WA design
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Panel systems. Many contemporary designs feature larger panels at the exterior. These panels, such as HardiePanel and Swisspearl, are engineered to be installed with rain screens. These rain screens are a necessity with this type of panel system due to the gap between panels. Because this gap is integral to the aesthetic desired, making sure there is a weatherproof barrier behind the panels is essential to the overall performance of the wall.More Architect's Toolbox:Connecting Home and GroundBeautifully Layered SpacesFinding the Space Between
Curved roof. This contemporary roof style behaves much like a shed roof. The benefit of curved roof is the gentle spaces it can create inside the home. Adding Interest: This curved roof breaks up what would be a massive roof spanning the entire house. Working with the plan, the roof cutouts also help define outdoor spaces.
The pool, pool house, and patio are all situated on a slight slope. A set of stairs from the pool level flows down the slope and hits the grass playing field. Multiple courtyards and outdoor spaces connect the home's pavilions with the landscape. One of the glass walkways connecting the kitchen pavilion and the dining pavilion is visible in this shot. Together, the home's five pavilions offer 7,000 square feet of living space.