Mill Valley Custom Home
Mill Valley, California
This custom home is located in the small Tam Valley community in Mill Valley, California. This firm’s principal got the full experience of an owner-builder. Not only was he project architect and contractor, but developer as well. The site required a complicated lot split to create a new parcel at the front of a half acre lot that had an existing home at the rear. Design emphasized a budget-conscious contemporary look with a decided green influence, including lots of windows carefully oriented to reduce lighting requirements throughout the day, radiant floors, which eliminated HVAC in a mild climate, reduced fluorescent lighting and bamboo floors.
The contemporary look serves a dual purpose. While the house hints at a familiar farmhouse vocabulary, with gable roofs and board and batten siding, it also incorporates contemporary features such as awning windows and a flowing floor plan. Its unique look and reduced detailing eliminates typically expensive finish work such as crown molding or wainscoting.