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Covered outdoor spaces not only extend usable living space, but also provide optimal positioning for the roof-mounted Solar City 3.75-kW photovoltaic array.

Hillside House

Hillside House

  • SB Architects accommodated steep terrain by designing a vertically oriented house that plays off the topography. Abundant outdoor spaces extend the living area far beyond its 2,116 square feet.

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    SB Architects accommodated steep terrain by designing a vertically oriented house that plays off the topography. Abundant outdoor spaces extend the living area far beyond its 2,116 square feet.

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    SB Architects accommodated steep terrain by designing a vertically oriented house that plays off the topography. Abundant outdoor spaces extend the living area far beyond its 2,116 square feet.

  • Nestled into the hillside, 20% of the structure reaps the ground's natural insulative benefits.

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    Nestled into the hillside, 20% of the structure reaps the ground's natural insulative benefits.

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    Nestled into the hillside, 20% of the structure reaps the ground's natural insulative benefits.

  • Covered outdoor spaces not only extend usable living space, but also provide optimal positioning for the roof-mounted Solar City 3.75-kW photovoltaic array.

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    Covered outdoor spaces not only extend usable living space, but also provide optimal positioning for the roof-mounted Solar City 3.75-kW photovoltaic array.

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    Covered outdoor spaces not only extend usable living space, but also provide optimal positioning for the roof-mounted Solar City 3.75-kW photovoltaic array.

  • Western red cedar cladding and other natural accents blend with metal railings and an overall design simplicity to lend a rustic-yet-modern feel to Hillside House.

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    Western red cedar cladding and other natural accents blend with metal railings and an overall design simplicity to lend a rustic-yet-modern feel to Hillside House.

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    Western red cedar cladding and other natural accents blend with metal railings and an overall design simplicity to lend a rustic-yet-modern feel to Hillside House.

  • Sustainable choices were made for each design detail and product, including the flooring, countertops, and beams. Use of local craftsmanship included the steel fireplace surround made by Brian Kennedy, who also made the bedroom armoires and the entry door handle.

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    Sustainable choices were made for each design detail and product, including the flooring, countertops, and beams. Use of local craftsmanship included the steel fireplace surround made by Brian Kennedy, who also made the bedroom armoires and the entry door handle.

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    Sustainable choices were made for each design detail and product, including the flooring, countertops, and beams. Use of local craftsmanship included the steel fireplace surround made by Brian Kennedy, who also made the bedroom armoires and the entry door handle.

  • Like much of the house, the master bathroom extends to the outdoors, with an indoor shower connected to an outside tub via Nanawall glass sliders.

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    Like much of the house, the master bathroom extends to the outdoors, with an indoor shower connected to an outside tub via Nanawall glass sliders.

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    Like much of the house, the master bathroom extends to the outdoors, with an indoor shower connected to an outside tub via Nanawall glass sliders.

  • The outdoor shower offers yet another view of the property's heritage oak tree, as well as the San Francisco skyline. Automatic screens can be lowered for privacy.

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    The outdoor shower offers yet another view of the property's heritage oak tree, as well as the San Francisco skyline. Automatic screens can be lowered for privacy.

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    The outdoor shower offers yet another view of the property's heritage oak tree, as well as the San Francisco skyline. Automatic screens can be lowered for privacy.

  • Rope handles for the bath cabinetry are among the home's many unique finishing touches. Concrete countertops from Concreteworks contain 74% post-consumer recycled glass and 15% fly ash.

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    Rope handles for the bath cabinetry are among the home's many unique finishing touches. Concrete countertops from Concreteworks contain 74% post-consumer recycled glass and 15% fly ash.

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    Rope handles for the bath cabinetry are among the home's many unique finishing touches. Concrete countertops from Concreteworks contain 74% post-consumer recycled glass and 15% fly ash.

  • Rather than discarding scaffolding deemed unusable per new OSHA standards, designer Erin Martin repurposed them for the stairway walls. The flooring--a black walnut veneer with an engineered plywood substrate, was obtained from within 500 miles.

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    Rather than discarding scaffolding deemed unusable per new OSHA standards, designer Erin Martin repurposed them for the stairway walls. The flooring--a black walnut veneer with an engineered plywood substrate, was obtained from within 500 miles.

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Nestled on an ultra-steep infill lot near downtown Mill Valley, Calif., the Hillside House was designed to work in concert with the parcel’s topography, as vertically connected spaces interplay with an abundance of covered porches, decks, and balconies to form a dwelling that is as in tune with nature as it is tied into it.

Telescoping doors provide seamless transitions from indoors to outdoors, which the judges praised for making the house seem larger than its 2,116 square feet suggests. Even the master bathroom makes use of the surrounding trees and view: A glass wall separates the indoor shower from an outdoor bathtub, transforming an “intimately scaled bedroom and bathroom into a majestic space,” says project designer SB Architects.

With nearly 20% below grade, the LEED-Platinum home reaps the ground’s natural insulative benefits, while the integration with the exterior allows for abundant daylight and natural ventilation; the layout also provides optimal positioning for the roof- and trellis-mounted 3.75-kW solar arrays. Spray-foam insulation, energy-efficient appliances, water-conserving fixtures, FSC-certified lumber, and zero-VOC paints are just a few of the home’s numerous resource-conserving features.

Wood siding and beams combine with metal accents and purposeful symmetry to lend a rustic yet sophisticated feel to this “modern cabin,” as it is described by architect and homeowner Scott Lee, AIA, while locally crafted and sourced elements, including recycled-content ceramic tiles and custom benches made from fallen tree trunks, support Lee’s desire to highlight sustainability as well as the town’s artistic roots. Interior designer Erin Martin repurposed chalked-up, discarded scaffolding boards into one-of-a-kind stairwell walls and transformed buoys from Washington’s Puget Sound into vibrant pendant lights.

“It’s comfortable and familiar because of the palette of materials,” says Lee, “but it appeals to our sense as designers because [of its] modern elements.”


PRODUCTS
Windows: Fleetwood / Doors: NanaWall / Siding: EcoStucco; Western red cedar / Manufactured stone: Eldorado Stone / Insulation: Bay Systems / Appliances: Whirlpool; Jenn-Air / Countertops: Concreteworks / Cabinetry: New World Millworks / Kitchen Faucets: Kohler / Bath Faucets, Showerheads: Kohler / Toilets: Kohler / Flooring: Plantation Hardwood / Paints& Stains: Mythic; Penofin Verde / Interior Lighting: Bruck; Luminas / Exterior Lighting: Hadco; B-K Lighting / HVAC: HVACQuick; Fantech / Home Automation: Colorado vNet / Alternative Energy: Solar City 
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