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Lord Residence

Stepping down a terraced hillside nestled at the end of a long driveway, this 2,400 square foot home was designed for an artist and a landscape contractor. House + House worked carefully with the owners to incorporate their dreams into a carefully articulated home, fully responsive to its site.

To take advantage of the slope, the house is organized in three layers. With the garage and living spaces at the middle, studio and guest spaces below, and the master suite and office above, the home’s simple massing focuses each level to its views. The living/dining volume captures the sun and the views from the Bay to the canyon below. The kitchen pins the masses together and opens onto a comfortable deck. The garage has front and rear doors for easy movement of large materials. The master suite floats in the treetops and anchors to the upper slope, with a private deck and access to the garden. The studio and guest bedrooms below each have unique views and open onto the terraced lower garden.

Dramatic vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, maple cabinetry, oak flooring, glass shelves, shimmering slate hearth and stone counters provide a rich palette of materials. Careful placement of windows and a high window wall at the central stair capture the natural light and frame each view. Black plaster and slate hearth at the fireplace are carefully composed with the cherry wood mantle to provide an appropriate focal point for the living while a floating curved display wall deflects view from the entry to the dining.

The exterior stucco in two soft earth tones of ochre and sage green compliments the trees and grasses. Designed to capture the rising cool air from the canyon below, the house is naturally ventilated. It is a dynamic, yet simple home, in harmony with its surroundings.
Country: United States
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