Shaker-style cabinetry was used throughout the house to add a touch of familiarity for the East Coast family, but is fabricated from California walnut instead of the traditional cherry. The dining room table was another opportunity to add a custom touch. Two slabs of walnut were juxtaposed with the live edge placed inwardly with a “river” of glass bridging the gap between the two live edges. The legs of the table are steel, adding a modern edge to this unusual table, that has become a conversation starter at dinner parties.
Framed views occur throughout the house with special ornamental specimen trees, small water features, and modern concrete “boulders” being highlighted outside large windows.
In the back courtyard area, the pool with its infinity edge and sweeping curve that echos the roof shapes being the focal point. A portion of the pool literally hugs the master bedroom wing with pool spa framed in a large tile box giving it a protective feeling. The front courtyard serves to create a more private space sheltered from the street by a series of low walls and natural plantings with a cut stone walkway leading to the huge custom-designed front door. Another framed tile box defines an outdoor dining area, and yet another framed trellis element frames a casual seating area by the fireplace.
The Curving Planes House mixes modern shapes with traditional materials, with a bit of surprise thrown in, to create an engaging house for a family and their dog to truly experience life in California.
General Contractor: Puente Construction
Photography: Russell Abraham Photography