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Minimalist dream home set in picturesque Northern California landscape

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Feldman Architecture has designed this minimalist dream home immersed in a beautiful oak and chaparral landscape, located in Los Altos Hills, California. The secluded site provides jaw-dropping 180-degree cross canyon views of the Foothills Open Space Preserve, which influenced the design, orientation, and focus of the home.

The scope of this 6,167 square foot project was to connect this home’s inhabitants as intimately as possible with the breathtaking natural environment that surrounds them.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Feldman Architecture INTERIOR DESIGNER Amber Autumn & Connie Wong LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Arterra Landscape Architects LIGHTING DESIGN David Wilds Patton Lighting Design STRUCTURAL ENGINEER ZFA Structural Engineers CIVIL ENGINEER Lea & Braze Engineering, Inc. MEP List Engineering

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Upon arrival, a sunken entry courtyard transitions guests into the home, serving as an introduction to the unfolding of the house’s levels down the gradual slope of the site.

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At the base, the great room features soaring 12-foot high ceilings and 40 foot sliding glass doors, immersing the inhabitants in the landscape. The great room serves as the heart of the home, a central point for cooking, gathering, and relaxing — seamlessly connecting to the patio and hot tub when the sliding doors are open.

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The “Slot”, slicing through a double-volume space within the home, provides vertical and horizontal connection, creates a unique distinction between public and private spaces, and invites natural light and blue skies into the structure’s core.

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The crisp lines of perpendicular windows frame glimpses of the surrounding greenery, leaving inhabitants feeling connected and oriented to their natural surroundings.

The entire home playfully layers materials, artfully placed screens, and slats offer depth, privacy, and shade. Minimal, comfortable, timeless, and modern, this dwelling is a culmination of the owner’s lifelong journey. The design of this home also reflects the interests of both of the owners — one loves contemporary architecture while the other is a passionate reader who loves cozy, intimate spaces.

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Vibrant succulents were planted on the green roof, while the outdoor areas feature native landscaping, including California poppies.

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What We Love: This minimalist dream home is nestled into a setting that is quiet, serene, and private — a haven of relaxation. A four-foot-wide slot in this home spans both floors, helping to drench the interior spaces with natural light. This slot serves as a unique architectural element while allowing for glimpses of the green roof and beyond to the preserve. Overall, the design meshes two style tastes, warmth balanced with crisp, clean lines to produce a visually stunning home connected to nature.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design aesthetics of this home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at another incredible home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, Feldman Architecture: An airy woodland retreat nestled in Carmel’s Santa Lucia Preserve.

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This home is characterized by a series of stacked boxes constructed of stucco, cedar, and glass nestled into a picturesque setting.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Adam Rouse Photography

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