Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

February 25th, 2012 by admin # Home Building Concepts, Home Design Ideas

This beautiful and natural home design in Saratoga, a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. This 7,000 square foot, two-story Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by Berkeley-based studio WA Design in 2009

Front View at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Front View at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Awesome Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Awesome Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Bathroom Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Bathroom Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Cool Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Cool Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Dining and Kitchen Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Dining and Kitchen Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Front Door Design for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Front Door Design for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Garden Plan at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Garden Plan at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Garden Terrace at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Garden Terrace at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Glass Staircase Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Glass Staircase Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Landscape Design for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Landscape Design for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Living Room Space at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Living Room Space at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Living Space at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Living Space at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Outdoor Fireplace and Lounge at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Outdoor Fireplace and Lounge at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Rear View at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Rear View at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Swimming Pool Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Swimming Pool Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Windows Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Windows Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Cool Dressing Room Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Cool Dressing Room Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Dining Room Furniture at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Dining Room Furniture at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Dining Room Rugs and Table at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Dining Room Rugs and Table at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Swimming Pool and Terrace Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Swimming Pool and Terrace Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Bedroom Interior and Layout Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Bedroom Interior and Layout Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Hallway Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Hallway Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Home Storage Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Home Storage Design at Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Saratoga Creek House by WA Design:

“This large woodland site lies in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, only ten miles east of San Jose yet far removed from the bustle of Silicon Valley. The clients for this house were a technology company executive and his wife.

The property is shaded by mature heritage oaks, their dense canopies almost closing over the southern portion of the site. Defining the eastern edge of the property is a meandering seasonal creek. The creek is nearly dry in the heat of summer but swells to a rambunctious flow with the arrival of the winter rains. The riparian habitat along the creek is one of the strongest assets of the site. Dense growths of miner’s lettuce, native juncus, and bay trees crowd the water’s edge. The home is a response to the goals of preserving and enhancing the presence of the existing oak woodland and seasonal creek.

The house massing is a set of smaller structures interconnected by glassed-in walks and vaulted roof structures that wind through the oak canopy, responding in plan to the requirements of the protected driplines. Courtyards and outdoor spaces unite the house and landscape. The pool, pool house, and adjoining patio all step down a gentle slope to meet the large grass playfield to the north. The field is bordered by a cleaved granite walk that mimics the shape of the creek edge, effectively transposing the form of the creek itself onto the higher land. At the southern end of this path is a sculpture patio. The nine-foot-tall serpentine sculpture we designed is derived from the actual shape of the creek as it traverses the property.

The clients were deeply engaged in the design process and allowed us to raise the bar on finishes, landscaping, and details for this house. We designed a drop soffit of sheet bronze for the sections of the house with vaulted ceilings. The bronze reflects the adjacent exterior gardens during the day and adds a warm glow at night. We designed a unique, freestanding staircase with glass treads that becomes the centerpiece of the home’s circulation.

White cement panel siding was selected to brighten the deep shade under the oak canopy. Zinc standing-seam roofing and a custom wood window system fill out the palette of materials on the exterior. Natural stone, concrete, plaster, bronze, and dark hardwoods combine in a rich palette of color and texture in the home’s interior. A high level of design went into almost every interior detail and required the skills of many of the Bay Area’s finest craftspeople to execute successfully.”

Floor Plan Picture for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Floor Plan Picture for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Home Elevation Picture for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Home Elevation Picture for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Site Plan Picture for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Site Plan Picture for Saratoga Creek House in Santa Clara County by WA Design

Photos courtesy of WA Design