This Menlo Park Residence for developer Joseph Eichler was not site sensitive. The new Owners yearned for a closer connection to their yard both physically and visually. They also needed space for their young family and the older generation as well. In going up instead of out, the generous backyard was maintained and the footprint was barely changed. The original bedroom wings were lovingly restored and the public middle space had the ceiling raised and windows added.
The wall to wall, and floor to ceiling glass help the house to glow at night. The radiant heated floors make even the coolest night toasty warm!
The 20′ wide sliding glass door pockets neatly away so there is little distinction between inside and outside.
Detail of the walnut cabinetry at the dining room.
Looking towards the kitchen and entry, the clerestory windows maximize the natural light while keeping the main space private
Inside Outside living with materials extending from inside to out and a 20′ pocket door that disappears. The clerestory windows provide privacy from the neighbors while providing light and air.
The fireplace hearth extends outside as a bench for the yard. The steel and glass stair balances the concrete.
Open shower room with glass divider. The cabinet hovers over the floor and the recessed LED lights the mirror.
The cat stands guard. The polished block, concrete floors and the polished concrete bench all work to marry inside and outside.
The lower eave provides scale as it moves around the house. The entry bench extends from inside to out. The warm cedar, polished concrete block and wide mahogany pivot door invite you in.