The goal was to create a home that balances spaciousness with a cozy family and human scale which fosters social interaction and celebration. In the heart of Los Altos, on a gracious corner lot, the house was strategically sited to wrap the corner of the site establishing a presence and sense of arrival while maximizing the spaciousness of the backyard. Our clients had a distinct desire to create a house that supplied ample yard space and enhanced the visual and physical connection between indoors and outdoors.
The two story mass of the house steps in and out creating courtyard and patio pockets providing outdoor “rooms”. In the early design concept, the core of the house was conceived as an old stone farmhouse which expanded over time growing into the landscape. The original core of the stone farmhouse is clad in a handsome thin stone veneer while the new portions, that reach out to the landscape, are finished in a softer cement plaster. A rich slate roof combined with dark aluminum clad wood windows that extend up to over nine feet in height, create a statement while maintaining an elegance that is distinctive yet respectful of the neighborhood palette and landscape.
The house is a unique blend of styles that bring together the homeowner’s personal tastes reflecting the simple and clean Arts & Crafts style with gentle Mediterranean undertones. The family room is comprised of a large seating area with a bar that ties the kitchen activity directly into the family room. In addition, a large 7’x3’ salt water aquarium is situated centrally off the family room as the primary visual jewel and focal point of the interiors. The living core is light filled with abundant daylight coming from three directions and visual connection to the long views across the backyard. This use of traditional architectural elements and details joined with the sense of movement created by the flowing plan and connection to outdoors results in a home that is comfortable, has distinction, and yet is architecture that is timeless.
Photographers: Bernard André and Pierre Brulé