“Expressing welcome while gracefully excluding the world…” – Julia Morgan
The design intent for this graceful contemporary home was an approach toward minimalism, yet ensuring that the practical needs of day-to-day life could still be satisfied. Situated on a plateau atop a steep hill, the floor plan and glass walls beautifully incorporated the outdoor environment into the primary living spaces. The grounds were carpeted with sage and lavender.
This project was particularly rewarding for a contemporary home builder because it presented unique challenges during the design, engineering and construction phases. Access through the garage to the ground floor of the house required a two-story cut in the hillside. The hill had to be shored, an underground spring diverted, and a total dry environment created in the garage and basement floor areas, including the elevator shaft.
Compliance with strict 2013 building codes placed particular demands on the design and engineering teams to accommodate the glazing, insulation, radiant heating and fire suppression systems for the house. The uncompromising nature of the architectural and interior design required total accuracy, from the foundation through every level of finish work, with particular attention to the cabinet joinery.
The contemporary color palette was in pale tones of white, graphite and titanium, complimented with white washed vertical grain oak. The vanity cabinets were of rift cut oak with a conversion varnish finish. Kitchen cabinets were conceived with open shelving in graphite with quartz counters.
Because the home was split on three levels, an advanced home automation system was installed with one-touch shut down and remote management options. Radio Ra provided lighting control solutions, along with the integration of heating and shading.
Project Architect: Lisa Wang. Wang Architecture
Landscape Architect: Paul Leffingwell. Leffingwell and Associates
Interior Design: Karen Goldberg. Studio G Design
Structural Engineer: John Yadegar. JYASF
Builder: Shahram Ghodsian. Trush Construction Company
Photography: Jason Wells, Golden Gate Creative
Contemporary home builder Trush Construction Company creates singularly unique Bay Area luxury homes.