When a prospective client asks us our preferred style of design, we are not being facetious when we say “the style of you”. Here the client is a fan of the American Craftsman style so popular through the early 20th century. Because the northern California climate with its temperature extremes provides such a challenge to the use of wood, our solution is to provide exterior timber and ceiling accents carefully protected from the weather. These are then blended with stucco, true natural stone and clad wood windows. The interior poses no such problem, however, where the only challenge is in the mixing of different types of wood to create a rich texture and color to the space – a feeling that is accentuated through indirect light fixtures that are mostly hidden from view.
Sustainability has not been forgotten with a design that becomes only the second LEED certified home in Shasta County. Ultra high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, lighting controls and solar power have been combined with the more traditional concepts of deep roof overhangs, site orientation toward indirect sunlight, and drought tolerant planting. As is the case with all of our residential design, sustainability and style are never in conflict.