Mill Valley House
3200sf, SF AIA Marin Home Tours Project, Mill Valley CA
high fly ash concrete, FSC certified and untreated knotty western red cedar siding, reclaimed Walnut floors, thermally broken aluminum windows, photovoltaic solar, locally sourced ceramic and glass tiles, standing seam metal roof, natural ventilation, optimized daylight.

Two opposing roofs define public and private zones in this Marin County home for a filmmaker and painter couple and their 2 small children. We were inspired by architect Glenn Murcutt’s notion that a well designed home has both ‘prospect’ and ‘refuge’. The house is sited in a densely wooded area, drinks in Southern light and the cleansed air of the Pacific just over the coastal ridge. Our clients, a documentary filmmaker and a fine art painter, were highly involved in finishes and details, making for a true collaboration between Architect and Owner.

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Architecture YamaMar Design David Yama
contractor Chalstrom Builders
photography Bruce Damonte