Warm Modern in Noe Valley-ExteriorContemporary Patio, San Francisco

Mid-Century Modernism inspired our design for this new house in Noe Valley. The exterior is distinguished by cubic massing, well proportioned forms and use of contrasting but harmonious natural materials. These include clear cedar, stone, aluminum, colored stucco, glass railings, slate and painted wood. At the rear yard, stepped terraces provide scenic views of downtown and the Bay Bridge. Large sunken courts allow generous natural light to reach the below grade guest bedroom and office behind the first floor garage. The upper floors bedrooms and baths are flooded with natural light from carefully arranged windows that open the house to panoramic views. A mostly open plan with 10 foot ceilings and an open stairwell combine with metal railings, dropped ceilings, fin walls, a stone fireplace, stone counters and teak floors to create a unified interior.

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Keithan Griffin wrote:Sep 4, 2013
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    Red Berm
    Cor-ten Steel is expensive (more than concrete) and also not usually used for retaining walls. You will need gravel drainage and a trench behind each of the walls. Most cor-ten walls are concrete or concrete block covered with a thin layer of cor-ten on the front. Cor-ten also will stain concrete or paving as it continues to rust. Usually you also need permits if the wall is a retaining wall.
  • Keithan Griffin
    Thanks for comments - both. I've since decided against Cor-Ten. Will go with concrete.
chfashionchic wrote:May 27, 2013
Mary Snyder wrote:Mar 19, 2015
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    Mark Brand Architecture

    Where they serve as retaining walls they are concrete clad in wood. Where they are not retaining soil, they are wood framed fences clad in wood. The wood is cedar to match the house. - Mark.

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Amy Renea added this to Make the Most of a Small GardenFeb 12, 2012

Terracing is one of the greatest tools in a small space. It allows the gardener to add new soil in raised beds on a concrete base, gives varying light to different types of plants and adds dimension to a small backyard. Adding terraces visually expands a small plot into distinct, separate spaces.

John Hill added this to Inspired Designs for Sloped LotsJul 4, 2011

Like the first example in this ideabook, this townhouse's backyard is a series of terraces that soften as one moves towards the rear of the yard. A glance from the far terrace ...

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