A gabled roof form was chosen to ensure that the street façade of the house blends in with the more classic neighboring structures. With an elevated living area privacy is never an issue here despite the flowing indoor-outdoor interplay that effortlessly connects the courtyard and the rear garden with the living room.
If the 90’s were all about rigid cubicles and an intentional disconnect from immediate surroundings the last decade has turned this around completely with open inviting interior design. Finding that ideal balance between privacy and openness coupled with smart indoor-outdoor interplay is what you get at the cheerful in Venice.
Built to meet the specific needs of two retired geophysicists you would expect the exceptional to imbibe the spirit of the planet and its green goodness within its form. This is precisely what Alan Nicholson Design Studio have managed to deliver as they combined several different materials a breezy design centered around a cantilevered shed roof and an inviting landscape.
It is a lot with a giant redwood in the rear yard and a fabulous forest all around in the idyllic village of Guerneville that is the setting for this unique holiday home. Cedar plays a major role in shaping the exterior of the house and its presence lends warmth uniqueness and brings a traditional vibe to the retreat. Step inside and a neutral color palette using gray white and black completely alters the visual and breezy modern ergonomics take over.
It is the living room where this fusion starts as a marble fireplace wall sits snugly next to the accent wooden wall that holds the entertainment center. Despite white and shades of gray being dominant throughout the house the interior feels anything but monotonous.
But this Californian home is about a lot more than just creating a fun and fabulous social setting. Smart technologies like the green roof photovoltaic panels that also offer shade for the lower level heat reduction and energy-saving features transform it into a sustainable and eco-friendly hub. The 12KW solar panels can power the home completely even as automatic sensors cut down on waste of electricity even further. A smart home for the evolving urban family!
It is the folded plane of the house that give sit a unique look and also creates a ‘breathing space’ of sorts for the home to cool down on the really hot days. Connected with the main deck outside the eave below avoids overexposure to sunlight even as gentle breeze flows through unabated.