One of the goals with this project was to make the exterior of the house low maintenance, yet still attractive. By using aluminum clad wood windows, an integral color stucco finish and limiting the southern wood exposure, maintenance is kept to a minimum.
We are not sure how to describe this project; it's not quite Spanish nor is it Tuscan, but the client liked it and claimed it as their own. The preliminary floor plan was a bit too large and during design review it was decided to shrink the square footage. This allowed for finer interior / exterior finishes and in the end, it worked out perfectly.
During the production of this project the client fell in love with the idea of a real slate roof. After a bit of discussion and budget review, it was agreed upon to look deeper into it. It took a bit of searching, but a quality local vendor was eventually located and the end-result was well worth it.
Although we were aware that the project was going to have a solar component, it was not clear that the client was thinking on such a large scale. When it came time, the client asked for a very substantial system with battery backups that would allow the home to operate at full capacity 24/7 365, regardless of the weather or disruptions from the power grid.