Palo Alto Green Home 2014
A small mid century tract home in the Coastwise neighborhood of Midtown Palo Alto was renovated and expanded to create an open flowing space for hosting and entertaining. The entire house was remodeled and a second story added. Focusing on sustainability, green materials and designed for aging in place, the home took on an industrial style, with exposed engineered parallam lumber and black steel accents. Extending the length of the lot, the lower roof has deep overhangs on the south-west for sun shading and excellent orientation for Photo Voltaic panels and Solar Hot Water collectors. Smaller windows on the upper loft are remotely operable for passive cooling. Exterior materials such as integral colored stucco, standing seam metal roofing and vinyl clad windows were selected for low maintenance. Hardscaping materials and native planting were chosen for low-water needs. The anchoring element is the the vertically aligned fireplace by Ortal Fireplace. Rising two floors high, it is inset behind a patina'ed sheet metal panel and wrapped in a plaster surround hand finished with American Clay. Steel cables are threaded through custom made steel uprights, supported on cantilevered engineered lumber beams This project has been featured on the Ortal Fireplace blog Construction: Chris Donatelli Builders Landscape Design: Astrid Gaiser Garden Design LLC Kitchen by Kathy Smith, Gilmans Kitchen and Bath American Clay artist: Orit Yanai, San Francisco Steel artist: Lee Crowley, Color Consulting: Penelope Jones Interior Design