Camellia Court | Lafayette, California | 6,000 square feet
The owners of this craftsman bungalow, designed in the handmade tradition of the Green Brothers, retired from careers in aerospace, engineering and medicine to a 15-acre hilltop encircled by oaks and vistas. We built their haven of Western red cedar, copper trim and stone, as graceful in impression as the Chinese antiques and English botanical prints arrayed inside. Metal-clad Douglas fir doors and windows frame streams of sun, enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting and window treatments that blend outdoor and indoor, nature and technique. Remote enough to require a quarter-mile driveway, power for this secluded spot comes from a solar electric farm, while a solar thermal system heats water on-site and warms the spa, pool and radiant floors. We completed this complex project on a twelve-month schedule, weathering major fluctuations in scope and budget.