Our architect, Matthew Moger told us that he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t create a radical design for our consideration. The idea, he explained, is to take us “way out there” creatively, and then bring us back. I didn’t know what he meant until he proposed this magnificent concept. Bold in its approach, the modern design celebrates the hillside on which it sits, and rewards its inhabitants at every turn within. The structure creates a unique dialog between an cavernous living space, an smaller utility building and an enormous monolithic wall connecting the two. The wall separates the parking area and entrance experience from the living space and dramatic views of the woodlands within. When visitors enter the house through an opening in the wall they are awed by the landscape as viewed through a glass wall opposite the front door spanning the length of the entire interior entrance way. After that, it’s all about air and light.
The main structure is reminiscent of a European chalet. The multi-level interior space is gracefully partitioned to promote natural ventilation. The great room built with giant timber frames is grounded by a extravagant stone fireplace that climbs upward toward the 40 foot ceiling at the apex.