Ash+Ash was designed with the goal of integrating contemporary architecture with high-performance sustainable design. The residence takes advantage of regional and distant views to the east, north, and west, as well as a close relationship to its neighborhood and immediate landscape. Creating a range of outdoor terraces and porches for use at different times of the day and in different weather fueled the design; blurring the line between those exterior spaces and the interior living spaces was central to the design concept and innovation.
The building is composed of white stucco planes with glass and cedar infill panels that float above a dark brick base. Deep cedar soffits at the home’s porches extend above the glass, forming rich interior spaces. Rift cut white oak used extensively throughout the interior is complemented by a cantilevered walnut stair to the rooftop viewbox and terrace.
Sustainable design features of this LEED Platinum home include a geo-exchange heat pump system, under-floor radiant heating, triple glazing, exterior blinds, a rainwater recovery system, a 10-kW photovoltaic array, solar pool heat, and an awesome on-site stormwater disposal system.