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   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  Dates : 2011-current  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
       
     
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5-2014-04-22 Muller trellis perspective.jpg
       
     
 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
       
     
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   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. 
       
     

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  Dates : 2011-current  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
       
     

Location: Los Gatos, California
Client: Private client
Dates: 2011-current
Size: 1 acre on an 18-acre lot
Soils EngineerMurray Engineers, Inc.
Structural EngineerRahmani & Associates Inc.
Civil EngineerLea & Braze Engineering, Inc.
Lighting DesignerJuarez Design
Contractor: Les McClane Construction and Development
Masonry: Drummond Masonry
Landscape Contractor: Todd Baird Landscaping

3-2014-04-01 Muller balustrade study.jpg
       
     
4-2014-04-01 Muller Kitchen Elevation Study - west.jpg
       
     
5-2014-04-22 Muller trellis perspective.jpg
       
     
 Slope above home stabilized with plantings
       
     

Slope above home stabilized with plantings

 Lower retaining wall and staircase foundation being formed
       
     

Lower retaining wall and staircase foundation being formed

 Outdoor kitchen and retaining wall in progress
       
     

Outdoor kitchen and retaining wall in progress

 Outdoor kitchen and lower terrace in progress, with view beyond
       
     

Outdoor kitchen and lower terrace in progress, with view beyond

 Fire channel above pool in progress, with view beyond
       
     

Fire channel above pool in progress, with view beyond