On the inside it is cement blocks that set the ambiance with some painted in bright red and others left exposed. A gorgeous and striking kitchen island in red and an equally dramatic staircase in bright yellow bring even more color indoors.
There is something so familiar about a white picket fence that it immediately draws us in. It is compelling to look at urging us to get closer to it and the breathtaking garden that’s lying behind it. We can stare at the fence in fascination wondering if the interior of the house does the marvelous exterior justice!
The entrance from the street leads to the first floor that contains the public spaces with the kitchen and dining at the heart of it all. This also ensures that it is the living area and sitting room on the peripheral that get the best views on offer while the ground floor holds the bedrooms and other private zones.
Adding to this rich sense of diversity is the large natural rock wall around the courtyard that is laced with tropical plants. A custom irrigation system is used to water this unique living wall that shields the home from prying eyes while providing a tinge of green to the polished residence.
It is the rear extension though that steals the show with its bright and beautiful demeanor that acts as a bridge between classic and contemporary styles. Frameless glazing oak and brick shape the new addition that now contains the kitchen and dining space.
Wooden screens brise soleil and smart planning ensure that this elegant vacation home finds that perfect balance between openness and complete privacy. On the inside a neutral color scheme is disturbed by pops of red even as exposed granite and stone granule plaster give the escape a touch of rustic charm.
Overlooking the bright lights of Oakland and the in the distance sits proudly on one of the highest points of the Eastbay mountain range. Designed by Terry & Terry Architecture the smart residence makes most of the spectacular views on offer while combining an open living ambiance with innovative design solutions.