The house was designed for a young thirty something couple with two small children, local roots and the intention of making this a life long home. To this end, we endeavored to create a sense of permanence while maintaining the youthful disposition of the client. The residence will be nestled into the top of a hillside with dynamic views to the south and west. A stone-clad monolithic box anchors the various geometries which employ the principles of transparency, opacity and texture to initiate a sense of tension and distort the boundaries of outside and inside. To respect the terrain, the house organizes itself in a horizontal manner with low roof slopes that blend into the natural landscape.
Full height glazing wraps the entire living area establishing a very open plan that allows the inhabitants to enjoy the warmth of daylight bouncing off the dynamic elements of the house. Elements such as sliding wood barn doors close off many of the rooms recalling the farming tradition of the area. A court, surrounded with full height glazing and accessible from both sleeping areas provides another distortion between outside and inside. Douglas fir, stone, wood framed glazing and granite tile clad the house. With a simple open plan, rich materials and geometries that offer antidotes to standard suburban dwellings, the rural Residence balances between the modern and more “traditional” archetypes of home.