1. Hillside Residence by Trunbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

    San Francisco-based studio Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects has designed the Hillside Residence. Completed in 2010, this 5,900 square foot, modern and eco-friendly home seems to emerge from the hillside providing spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay. It is located in Kentfield, California, USA. The house is tucked under the living roof, which visually merges the house with the land. Growing out of the hillside, the roof is carved away to form a protected courtyard for the pool. Three volumes housing the living room, kitchen-dining area, and master bedroom rise up above the living roof with shed roofs angled to capture the sun for photovoltaic and solar hot water panels. The house incorporates passive and active heating and cooling systems, battery storage, and a cistern for water runoff management […] 

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  2. Modern Home in Mill Valley, California

    Located in Mill Valley in California, this modern home sits prominently on a half-acre lot. Renovated in 2006, the four bedroom, three bathroom home offers panoramic views of canyon, surrounding mountains and lush forests. The bedrooms are located in the downstairs area and a 800 square foot cottage offers extra accommodation for guests […] Read more

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  3. Modern Contemporary Home: Seadrift Residence by CCS Architecture

    San Francisco-based studio CSS Architecture has designed the Seadrift Residence. Completed in 2007, this 1,900 square foot contemporary home is located in Stinson Beach, California, USA. The design follows a rigorous sustainability program, achieving the Marin Planning Department’s highest rating for resource efficiency.  Photovoltaic panels generate all the home’s electricity, sending surplus energy back to the grid.  All the home’s systems—hot water, HVAC, and radiant heating—are integrated, electric-based, and powered by the PV panels on the roof. The only use of natural gas is at the cooking range, which draws from a 50-gallon propane tank.  With the exception of the propane tank, the home is net-zero in terms of its energy consumption. Inside, the building is zoned into living and bedroom wings […] 

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