Los Gatos Residence / This hillside residence in the mountains west of Los Gatos sits on a dormant landslide and required significant slope stabilization. That effort included a Mediterranean-inspired hillside orchard with fig, citrus, olive, stone fruit, and avocado trees underplanted with lavender, rosemary, flax, and roses. Once accomplished, the focus shifted to creating kid-friendly, human-scaled outdoor spaces that balance the grand scales of the site's dramatic view and stately architecture. A pergola and two trellises at different terraced levels create cozy seating areas; their consistent materials and detailing tie together disparate zones. A fire channel on the terrace above the pool defines an intimate area for nighttime gathering and unobstructed views. The outdoor kitchen with bar, quartzite countertop, and 15 professional-grade appliances underscores the family's commitment to outdoor living. Finally, a lawn provides spaces for a picnic table, free play, and impromptu bocce matches.
Location: Los Gatos, California
Client: Private client
Size: 1 acre on an 18-acre lot
Soils Engineer: Murray Engineers, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Rahmani & Associates Inc.
Civil Engineer: Lea & Braze Engineering, Inc.
Lighting Designer: Juarez Design
Contractor: Les McClane Construction and Development
Masonry: Drummond Masonry
Landscape Contractor: Todd Baird Landscaping
Slope above home stabilized with plantings
Lower retaining wall and staircase foundation being formed
Outdoor kitchen and retaining wall in progress
Outdoor kitchen and lower terrace in progress, with view beyond
Fire channel above pool in progress, with view beyond