Captivating contemporary home with indoor-outdoor living in California


SDG Architecture is responsible for the design of this large single-family home with modern interior design and beautiful contemporary landscape, located in Palo Alto, California. A collaboration with landscape architect Bernard Trainor to create a zen space has resulted in a captivating contemporary home with a lush landscape that provides a sense of escape from busy Silicon Valley. Continue below to see the rest of this beautifully designed home…

Project Team: Architecture: SDG Architecture | Landscape: Bernard Trainor | Interior Designer: Kimberly Larzelere
Contractor: James Witt Homes


What We Love: This captivating contemporary home offers a feeling of tranquility from the moment of arrival, courtesy of the lush surroundings. Spacious living areas and indoor-outdoor connectivity are ideal for entertaining family and friends. We are especially loving the beautiful patio and pool area, offering a zen-like feel, perfect for lounging!

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design of this home? What elements did you find most appealing? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

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Native landscaping and mature growth trees surrounding this property add to the overall aesthetics of this contemporary home.




Inside, a glass bridge connects the levels, which spans three stories. This allows for natural light to penetrate through the center core stairwell, courtesy of skylights from above. LEDs illuminate the glass bridge, creating a visual display.




In the kitchen, the color palette repeats the colors and materials used on the exterior facade. The waterfall marble island creates a beautiful contrast to the richly stained base cabinetry, which matches the wood siding used on the exterior. The custom hood and upper cabinetry mimic the metal elements on the exterior. 


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A sophisticated dining area features a wood-clad privacy wall, while the translucent glass wall mimics the material of the glass bridge. The sculptural light fixture suspended over the table simultaneously acts as art.


The family room features a dual-sided fireplace to delineate living spaces. A NanaWall operable glass wall system provides the quinessetial California lifestyle of indoor-outdoor living. This extends the main living spaces to the outdoor patio and pool area, ideal for entertaining.







In the finished basement, a home theater, built-in bar, and wine cellar provide the ultimate entertaining space.


A lower level playroom provides access to the back patio. Sliding panels conceal a home office. 


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A luxurious outdoor seating area lends tranquil views of the lush landscaping and beautiful redwoods that surround this home. An expansive infinity pool offers guests a refreshing spot to cool off, while the outdoor fire pit provides warmth and ambiance.






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An outdoor kitchen and dining area further extends this home’s impressive entertainment offerings, set amongst a grove of olive trees.

Photos: Bernard Andre

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4 years ago

this house is well thought out. my first impression is that they partitioned the space, which makes the house look more livable, which i suppose contributes to “tranquility”. i like how they repeated elements throughout the house; it creates a sense of theme in the house. the entry to the house is nicely composed, although i am not that keen about the glass entry door. the landscaping is very well done; it has a “japanese garden” feel. there seems to be a lot of green space around the house, i wonder where in palo alto this could be. this looks… Read more »