Happy Valley Road | Lafayette, California | 5,200 square feet
This Cape Cod Salt Box on a secluded stretch of Happy Valley Creek mimics a small village in the wood. We steadied the foundation on black adobe soil and sapped excess moisture with rigorous drainage. Using time-honored methods for traditional texture, we laid cedar shingles individually on the exterior, vaulted the paneled ceiling and chose true divided light windows and doors. A great room combines the kitchen and living area to gather the family at the core of the house. Our executive clients had planned to stay in an old cottage on the property during construction, but, on our advice, rented nearby during the final phase, shrinking costs and achieving a completely landscaped home, garage and swimming pool months ahead of schedule.