The Hillside Residence
Scott Lee, AIA, president SB Architects in collaboration with Arcanum Architecture
Probably the most astonishing thing about this beautiful new home built into a steep hill above Mill Valley is the fact that it is just 2,100 square feet. Although the house is built on the vertical with limited space, it seems extremely large.
The trick is that the architect and his team of collaborators have not only made ingenious use of every nook and cranny, but they have also designed a genuinely indoor–outdoor dwelling. Every level features balconies, covered terraces and decks so that, whether you want to read, play, take a nap or even soak in a tub, you can do so in comfort outside or indoors.
The home, which uses myriad reclaimed materials in its interior design — including scaffolding wood, steel and rope — has 50 solar roof panels and under–floor radiant heating and is on track to be the first house in Marin County certified in the LEED for Homes program.