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Warm yet minimal Northern California home surrounds a central courtyard

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This modern courtyard residence was designed by John Lum Architecture, nestled among a heritage redwood tree and mature oaks in a quiet suburban neighborhood of Menlo Park, California. The minimalist and modern dwelling was designed around a series of outdoor experiences.

The program consists of four distinct wood-clad pavilions connected by glass walkways that surround a central courtyard and open to an expansive backyard complete with raised pool and lounge areas. A covered walkway frames the entrance, leading to a double-height living/dining space. There are a total of four bedrooms and six bathrooms in this 6,922 square foot home.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT John Lum Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN Stephanie Zaharias Design CONTRACTOR Art of Construction

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Bookended by outdoor spaces, the pavilion highlights the simple material palette of cedar, blackened steel, glass, and concrete, and is the backdrop for the homeowner’s collected art pieces.

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The family of four requested that their new home be a reflection of their characters, blending his crisp-line, ultra-modern aesthetic with her flair for artisan materials and bold blues. With two teenage daughters, the house is as practical as it is minimal.

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Enlisting the help of Stephanie Zaharias Design, the owners selected organic patterns and durable finishes that integrate the project into its natural environment. Comfortable furniture evokes livability. Hard surfaces, from glass panels to backsplash tiles, offer long-lasting resilience.

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A color-block rug adds an element of play and can withstand the wear and tear of everyday living. Built-in casework maximizes space. Minimally framed windows and a dynamic facade filter in sunlight and fresh air.

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House Features: Solar, radiant heating, whole house fan, natural daylighting strategies including basement lightwells, operable skylights that provide stack-effect ventilation.

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Above: In the double-height great room, the porcelain slab fireplace surround is by The Fireplace Element.

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What We Love: This two-story modern courtyard house offers distinct living zones related to family lifestyle needs, connected by glass walkways. Views into a central courtyard garden are offered through expansive floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, which helps to blur indoor-outdoor boundaries. Overall, this beautiful home is modern, open, and durable while focusing on passive energy solutions to help offset annual electricity costs.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the design of this home? Are there any details you would like to have seen done differently? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing Northern California home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign: California LEED-Platinum home centered on three living pavilions and Tour a warm and welcoming modern farmhouse family home in Menlo Park.

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Above: The custom dining table was fabricated by Pollioni Design.

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Above: This custom kitchen features a handmade ceramic Fireclay Tile backsplash.

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Above: In the kitchen, the fridge is Sub-Zero, the dishwasher is Bosch, the range is Wolf and the countertops are Caesarstone.

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Above: Teen girls homework work with a built-in window seat.

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Above: The built-in window seat features storage drawers below and a Roll and Hill sconce.

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Above: The main bathroom has a custom wood wall treatment that acts as a headboard.

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Above: In the main bathroom, the handmade tile is by Ann Sacks and Fireclay Tile.

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Above: The main bathroom features a custom-designed vanity and a backsplash of handmade tile by Ann Sacks.

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Above: This guest bathroom features a custom vanity, wall sconces by Roll and Hill, and a Watermark faucet.

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Above: A guest bathroom shower with handmade ceramic tile by Pratt & Larson and Watermark shower fixtures.

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Above: In the bathroom, handmade Pratt & Larson ceramic tile.

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Above: This bathroom features a custom walnut vanity and wall sconces by Allied Maker.

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Above: A guest bathroom with a custom white oak vanity.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Dyer Photography

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