The house is located near Glencoe’s commercial center and within walking distance to public transportation. Insulated low-E and laminated window units minimize heat gain and sound transfer and in conjunction with CCSF insulation, create an energy efficient building envelope. High efficiency mechanical equipment and LED lighting further reduce energy consumption. Interior finishes complied with the specified request for no VOC.
Our clients desired a contemporary house that fit into the neighborhood yet was distinctive and reflected their desire that the outdoors be part of everyday living. The design utilizes typical residential materials; metal frame windows, stained cedar panels and limestone surrounds to contrast the crisp stucco massing. The front façade, with a formal street presence, suggests a large-scale portico; generous and open while maintaining a sense of privacy for the interior spaces. From a closer perspective, the openings are revealed as french doors that lead to the front terrace with a central, recessed entry door offering a framed view through the house. The back façade is a casual composition of windows, projections and animated eave lines. These express the interior spaces and provide a greater connection and visual extension to the outdoors. The family room takes full advantage of a double-height space with french doors and transom windows creating vertical openings that emphasize the scale of the surrounding landscape. The kitchen dining bay projects into the yard, reintroducing the stained cedar panels. The 3-season room extends from the main house like a pavilion, with two walls of telescoping doors and a soaring cathedral ceiling that erase the physical division of interior and exterior. Rolling screens allow for summer use with the doors pulled open, while radiant in-floor heat and a dramatic wood-burning fireplace give warmth and comfort the remainder of the year. This jewel epitomizes the spirit of the design to create a unity between house and site.