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RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

SONOMA MOUNTAIN

Perched on a Northern California hillside between two state and regional parks, the Sonoma Mountain house and landscape play up the drama of their topography in both directions. A winding gravel road takes you up the hillside flanked by oaks, ferns, and grassy meadows. When you arrive, the landscape steps down gradually, nestling you in a native live oak stand next to the site’s rigid rectilinear plan. The lawn is terraced and lined in weathered steel, bordered by a monumental privacy wall of board-formed concrete that shields the parking court from the residential and recreation spaces, such as the zero-edge pool bordered in bluestone. “Natural stone and weathered steel help bring clarity and consistency to a design for outdoor living that is at once

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