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Jay Street House

Los Altos, California

Silicon Valley Home Tours, Day 1
Saturday, November 03, 2012

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Modern materials and innovative angles put a new spin on the ranch house vernacular.

The Jay Street House is a ground-up construction that blends into the neighborhood as a reinterpretation of the California ranch house. The owners, who greatly contributed to the interior design, hoped for a home that would enhance their fondness for outdoor living. “My design concept was to create a low silhouette echoing the neighborhood context and scale,” says architect Stan Field, who expanded the square footage to more than 3,700 with an integrated basement, adding a sunken outdoor patio that brings in plenty of natural light.

The architecture is delineated by a series of three roofs supported by Y-shaped concrete walls that also act as thermal mass that moderates temperature fluctuations, thereby saving energy. Living spaces extend into the covered poolside patios, blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor uses. Photovoltaics integrated into the roof panels supplement energy use, and solar panels heat the lap pool. Vegetable gardens nourish the family and provide lush perennial color alongside the public sidewalk of the corner site.

About the Architect

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Field Architecture

Field Architecture (fA) is an internationally recognized father and son team, the recent winner of multiple Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards. Founded by Stan Field and son, Jess Field, based on Stan’s 40 years of practice, fA is a multi-generational firm dedicated to creating landscape-sensitive architecture. Stan and Jess draw inspiration from the unique qualities and character of each site, to create architecture that is congruous with the land, and buildings that are beautiful, practical, and provide lasting places of interchange between the made and the natural.

fA’s approach is imaginative and rigorous, and draws on the marriage of the art and science of architecture – both creative and technical – to impart a sense of wonder in their designs.


Contractor: Hogan & Pinckney, 831-438-0231

Structural Engineer: Peter Boyce, 831-429-9633

Interior Design: By collaboration with Owner, Vivi Chan

Refrigerator & Outdoor BBQ: Viking
Dishwater: Miele
Cooktop & Oven: Thermador

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