This breathtaking place is covered in a rock bluff that rises about 120 ft in rocky steps. Nearly 80% of the site is inaccessible due to the granite feature. In the face of the immensity of the earth before you, you can’t but be humble.
The task here was to preserve the immensity and calm of the natural beauty and bring it into the home. We devised a way to connect to the rock and allow the most stable unfractured portion be in the living room.
The coolness of the rock gives the home a feeling of stability and strength. Touching the rock daily is a deeply grounding experience.
The courtyard splits the house into two domains. A private sleepy half on the right and the public living spaces on the right. The entry connects to the street and to the courtyard and rock bluff beyond.
A courtyard in the middle of the home allows for a private outdoor place to rest. Or on other days a great place to entertain.
The house sits on the only flat part of the lot and the rock bluff and native vegetation rise behind.