Photography: Sharon Risedorph

Upper Happy Valley
This project reflects the clients’ casual, family-focused lifestyle and can be viewed as a conjoining of their lives.  An extensive remodel of their mid-century ranch is reflective of the wife’s Japanese heritage, and dance aesthetic. Additions to the house are clad in customized shou sugi ban, an ancient charred-wood siding, historically used in Japan to naturally protect wood from fire and insects.  The use of this material provides a cultural connection, adding weight, and a visual dynamic to this otherwise banal California rancher.  The floor plan was shifted to create expansive living areas pocketed with discreet moments of overlapping visual mystery in this otherwise light-filled house.  Free-form screens add a dynamic quality to the façade, a nod to the wife’s career as a dancer.