A Spiral Twist in Palo Alto
I look forward to finding creative solutions when I'm presented with a 'must have' during construction. My client found some leaf shapes cut from slate tile. I set them in the concrete floor as if blown in by the wind. This Asian inspired remodel created serene spaces in a small home. Shoji screens, platform dining and natural stained wood are a nod to the East, while concrete counters, recycled glass tiles and a gas fireplace are totally modern. Laser cut slate leaves embedded in the concrete floor show details in unexpected places. A helical stair spirals 12' up to the second floor. It takes up minimum floor space and adds a sculptural element. Climbing up the stair, the eye passes over the Japanese style dining room, the river rock floor in the entry nook, the piano niche in the living room and the Shoji screens hiding an entertainment center. A sun-tube, strategically placed in the roof, centered on the stair, brings an abundance of natural light into the center of the house. The second floor bedrooms take advantage of this light source through glass block walls, some of which have been sand blasted for privacy. A private deck on the second floor has slate floors and a view of the treetops. For indoor air quality, concrete floors do not trap dirt and the radiant heating does not stir up dust. A generous mudroom creates a place to shed dirty shoes and isolates the garage from the house. Green Features: Concrete floors Radiant heat Gas only fireplace Concrete counters Recycled Glass tiles Natural light Insulated windows Mudroom Year Built: 2002 Construction: Michael Meyer Fine Woodworking http://www.mmfww.com/ Staging: dalusso design