This new residence is carefully sited on the mountainside among rock outcroppings and mature oaks, to both fold into the natural, sloped landscape, and capture the dramatic east-facing views of the valley and ridge beyond. The home shares its site with an existing small cabin by the same designer, completed several years earlier.
This 5,500 square foot two-level home has a low and subtle appearance at the entry, deploying an earthy palette with black stained cedar siding, mahogany windows, and a natural zinc-colored metal roof. Strong horizontal roof forms mimic the slopes of the surrounding topography and act as a layered filter for late-day western light, while capturing dramatic eastern views through a ribbon of full height doors and windows. They also unite three programmatic living areas that become increasingly private and rotate gently in the plan to frame powerful views and a series of outdoor living spaces, including an elevated fire pit area and a lower pool positioned at the edge of the drop-off. A series of board-formed concrete retaining walls and planted slopes negotiate the outdoor spaces, which are overlaid with paths and seating areas using reclaimed granite curbs from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.