Heather Ridge remodel
sustainable hillside makeover
design objective
New volume approach, spatial reconfiguration, material palette and a sustainable makeover of a home with excellent view exposure

  • type single family dwelling remodel
  • year | size2017 | 5,400 sf
  • locationGlendale, California
  • statussolicited proposal

project statement
A hillside home with great views gets a sustainable modern makeover

The house has unique disposition and opes ut to the south, overlooking the City of Glendale. This brought up the whole new roofline and an optional second story master bedroom extension, along with full LR | DR | kitchen reconfiguration and full material palette reconfiguration. Starting from the entry driveway, the landscaping gets redesigned as well, with the introduction of gabion retaining elements, desert drought-tolerant vegetation and facilitated rainwater collection.
The roof gets a totally new shape and heat resistive standing seam. The large eave extension to the South is supported by a detached external beam with metal tube V-columns, creating a visual and functional extension of the living room. Making the exterior part of the interior has been a longstanding technique for us, especially with homes, which present great views, and this one is no exception - the surroundings blend seamlessly with the wide oven living room and new elevated ceiling.

project statement (cont)

The living room ceiling and west wall are clad with sustainably harvested mahogany and carry the natural warmth of wood from the outside in. Gabion elements from the landscaping are also part of the house's exterior, bringing a rough, yet elegant zen-like presence. The large overhang serves a passive sustainable device as well, providing full shade throughout the day. It is vented on three sides with remote controlled awning windows, which creates natural draft and cools of the large room.
At the South edge of the new exterior deck there is a new glass walled swimming pool with an excellent view from the water. Color accents tie up the hot tub transition, pool cutout and the cantilever BBQ, which extrudes from the stony gabion baskets.
The whole makeover creates a totally new ambiance and elevates the function pattern of the building to higher level, along with introducing a full set of passive and active sustainable features and elegant minimalist aesthetics.

design objective 2
Use of natural materials throughout
The home extends gracefully over the flat portion of the property and with its new look, feel, function and material selection creates a substantially better habitat, a palce for joy and true relaxation. As we alway strive - good architecture creates better living.
from the architect