Design: Residential Single Family
Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
Principal: Scott R. Lewis
Project Manager: Ryan Steer
Perched high upon a steep hill, this contemporary home takes advantage of diverse views while maximizing every square foot of its sharply sloping site. An expansive eastern panorama of the brilliant San Francisco Bay contrasts with an intimate shade garden to the west that provides year-round color and texture. To the north, a series of integrated decks is carefully placed to have the least impact on hillside conditions and to manage storm water runoff. On these terraces, drought-tolerant Mediterranean plantings help define circulation and establish privacy. The south hillside is planted entirely with low-maintenance California natives, compatible with existing Oak trees. Throughout the outdoor spaces, the strong horizontal design of the Alaskan Yellow Cedar fence, walls and decks complements the refined building architecture. At the top of this challenging hillside site, the street-side fence utilizes a simple pattern of rectilinear openings and curling vines for a striking look.