California House DesignLocation: California, USA
Scope services: Architectural Design
Date: August 2017
Located in picturesque Alamo, California, this house is situated atop a lush, planted hillside. The client’s brief was to make modifications to the house but preserve its architectural flavor. The house remodel seamlessly integrates a new landscape with the existing design through repeated use of material. Stone-clad retaining walls serve as boundary walls to extend the usable space at the rear of the house. The landscape comprises a rectangular pool and spa, enclosed by stone walls that match the stone on the existing home. A set of curving steps leads to a circular pavilion on the hillside that offers panoramic views. At the other end of the pool, a raised seating area is designed around a built-in fireplace for additional poolside seating. The house elevation is mostly preserved. A fresh coat of paint on the existing wood siding gives it a crisp new look. The window frames are also painted white to complement the wood siding. As the house sits close to the edge of the hillside, the size of the garage was increased so that a car could turn around inside to minimize the risk of accidents. Hence, the corresponding balcony that covers it has also been extended to take advantage of the magnificent views. Nestled amongst lush greenery, the house is perched like a bird ready for flight. Minimal exterior changes ensure that the front elevation remains mostly the same. The stone wall projections and wood siding ground the house, while the large windows give it the appearance of sitting lightly upon the hillside.