Standing out even amongst the stunning backdrop of California’s mountain ranges, this impressive dwelling by Mt. Lincoln Construction stands three stories tall on a scenic hillside, light radiating out from its many windows. Set upon a one-level base of concrete, the home appears to expand as it rises, first in the form of two expansions at the rear and then in an angular fashion as its roof juts out above. Materials and architectural styles are interestingly juxtaposed on the exterior of the building, blending and contrasting natural and manufactured environments. The concrete base of the home has many organic semi-circular curves present, while the wood-lined upper floors are shaped squarely in contemporary style. Interestingly, more glass is present facing uphill than downhill, with most of the residence’s outdoor spaces for entertaining also located along that edge. As opposed to the glass facade at the front, the rear downward-facing edge of the house is dotted with smaller openings in addition to one large vertical installation at its center.
Inside, the contrast between the cool concrete and warm wood is again utilized to great extent. The most important rooms of the house often feature extremely tall vaulted ceilings, with exposed (yet smooth-finished) beams overhead. The main floor of the house features a main living room as well as additional living space off to the side, with all its rooms leading out onto the deck at the front. In wet rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, colorful tile arrangements give a unique flair in combination with the concrete. The home as a whole appears to honor the tradition of a woodland estate while also looking forward for modern cues.
This house has an extremely impressive sloping rooftop structure, which serves a dual purpose. The roof makes both the exterior and interior stand out from the crowd, while also funneling rainwater off its edge and down the hill below.
Well-spaced window sets on the rear and sides of the residence bring in light to specific rooms and provide stunning views, but are small enough to keep out prying eyes.
Contrary to what is generally seen in slopeside houses, the architecture of this dwelling includes its widest windows and social spaces at the front side, facing uphill. The decks are still elevated, however, since the main floor is in the middle of the building.
Two second-floor rooms, both of them bedrooms, have private decks of their own. These and the decks below are shaded all day as the sun goes by, first by the trees up the hillside and then by the roof of the home itself.
From the side, the structure becomes wider as you ascend, allowing for uninterrupted vista overlooks on the upper two floors.
The house’s style shifts dramatically from front to back, with wood coming to dominate much more than windows at the rear. Also of note is that fact that the curving geometry at the concrete bottom of the house is replaced by sharp edges on the upper floors.
The entry foyer is clean and spacious, with two dominant surfaces which show themselves almost everywhere in the home. Concrete structure and flooring is made warmer by inviting wood frames, walls, and ceilings.
The tallest room of the dwelling is its two-story living room, with a circular hunting lodge chandelier hanging overhead. The tall stone fireplace sticks out from the home partially, creating a vertical strip of rock that breaks up the building’s exterior symmetry.
The fireplace is constructed of stones of various sizes and shapes, cut to resemble traditional and time-consuming methods of stone fitting and construction.
On the side of the fireplace column, a shallow indent hosts firewood to be used. A set of two low steps leads into additional living spaces.
Many doorways inside feature a creative, artful diamond pattern radiating from their centers, setting entryways apart from the interior walls surrounding them. At the border between different rooms, thick log supports help to define the edges of each area without walling off different spaces.
The kitchen is invitingly modern, with traditional elements present as well. The stove area is separated from the rest of the room via a brightly-tiled backsplash, open-faced shelving lines one wall, and each drawer and cabinet is mounted flush with the countertop’s edge.
Every window, from the smallest slit to the largest glass wall, provides breathtaking views of the home’s forested, mountainous surroundings.
A dining room occupies one corner of the house’s front side, lined with various sculptural wood elements. The dining table’s design is matched by a smaller-scale book table along the wall.
Many of the home’s wall-length windows transform into sliding doors, allowing direct access onto its front and side decks.
A three-story staircase is central to the home’s design at the rear, where a tall central window array gives full view of those traversing its steps. A contemporary chandelier of handcrafted hanging bulbs visually defines the staircase, giving it a focal point.
A small sitting area occupies a balcony next to and above the living room, with structural beams defining its edges and the roof’s slope giving a mobile, dynamic feel to the space.
The master bedroom soars higher than any other private room, with its bed frame made into an architectural element along one wall. Exposed ceiling beams are polished to perfection, and glass window walls are punctuated by their wooden frames.
The tiles on some of the bathroom’s surfaces and inside the wall cutout that hosts its sink are arranged similarly to those on the kitchen backsplash, but are more colorful. The sink-side wall is done in rough concrete mimicking the textures of plywood.
Hidden along one side edge of the house, a spacious wood-lined sauna hosts space for a number of occupants. Like most of the home’s private spaces, the room includes one unfinished surface (in this case, a plywood wall).
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