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Bold Lines in Steel + Wood
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This home is a 5000 square foot steel column and glue-laminated beam construction, originally designed as a large addition to the existing house on the upper portion of a gently sloping dell. The Brentwood site is very quiet and secluded, perfect for a design that integrates interior and exterior spaces with the use of large glass panels.

Public + Private Spheres for Living
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+ Two tall exposed concrete retaining walls divide the house into two distinct spheres, one public and one private
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+ Lowered roofs provide more intimate settings in the Breakfast Room and Kitchen areas, while dramatic 20-foot high ceilings allow the public volumes to feel open and spacious
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+ Split by a linear skylight, the roof structure encompasses both levels of the residence, and establishes views from the major rooms to the surrounding canyon landscape
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+ Located above the Kitchen, the Office is finished in Douglas fir and contains a large pivoting lookout opening to the rest of the house
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+ A new Master Bedroom suite on the upper level has potential to open to the space below via folding panels overlooking the Living Room
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Carefully Integrated Into Its Environment
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+ The siting of the residence was accomplished with great sensitivity to the landscape, including existing major trees
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+ The large windows conduct a great deal of natural light and make the trees outside a fundamental part of the living experience
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A Synthesis of Modern + Traditional Materials
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+ The interior of the house, including all cabinetry, is finished in vertical grain Douglas fir
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+ Two fireplaces share a single metal flue that runs vertically between the Living Room and the Master Bedroom
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+ The Master Bath features a large sunken tub and frameless glass shower tiled in limestone
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+ Vertical grain Douglas fir, stone pavers, glass and steel staircases, and a metal fireplace create a dynamic interplay of material throughout the residence
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