San Rafael, CA
This dramatic, contemporary home is the result of a creative collaboration between Crome
Architecture and client/builder, Summit Professional Builders. Situated on what others
may consider a difficult, steep, hillside lot, Crome Architecture’s design of the house makes
lemonade out of lemons and utilizes the sloping site to create tiered, multi-level living
spaces that add dimensional interest to the house while performing a worthwhile task of
minimizing disturbance to the natural site.
Main Design Features:
Sited among majestic redwood trees, the house was carefully designed to preserve
these natural assets and take advantage of views of the beautiful wooded setting.
The tiered design not only benefited the environment by limiting excavation and
offsite hauling, it also provided the opportunity for the separation public and private
spaces and offered an added bonus- an outdoor living courtyard.
Strategically place skylights and high efficiency windows were part of the design to
provide ample natural light and cross ventilation to reduce energy use associated with
artificial lighting and mechanical cooling needs.
Location: Marin County, Ca