A landscape can exist as a magnificent backdrop for a house. Or, a home and its surroundings can blend so seamlessly that you sometimes forget whether you’re inside or out. Let’s see this modern San Francisco home.
For this home, the great midcentury modern designers and architects had this idea in mind when they employed sliding glass doors, large window systems and open floor plans. But when designer Kendall Wilkinson and architect Ken Linsteadt recreated a house in the Bay Area, they had more in mind: a home that looks as if it were crafted from the very earth around it. “There are sweeping vistas of rolling hills and a beautiful sky,” Wilkinson says. “The light is golden and the landscape is ocher. We wanted to create something that would let the clients easily float in and out of that and feel the peacefulness of the landscape even when they’re inside.”
“It was Mediterranean in style,” says Linsteadt. “But the wife wanted something modern; she showed me images of square houses with flat roofs.” The architect reconciled the two with a design that balances a modern style with an old-world aesthetic. “I’m always trying to achieve timelessness,” he says.
Inside, Wilkinson and Linsteadt worked together to develop exactly the right materials for the interior architecture. “A house should look great without any furniture,” Wilkinson says. “The walls, floors, treatments and finishes should be incredible enough that if you took the building, shook it upside down and everything fell out, you’d be left with a beautiful canvas.”
Landscape architect Terri McFarland, who worked with principal Ron Lutsko, Jr., thought of linear forms, too, when designing the home’s front terrain. “I created a plinth of long concrete walls and rows of Desert Museum paloverde trees to visually support the massing of the house,” she says. “The trees are lacy and open and they don’t obscure the architecture.”
Los Angeles Homes wanted to bring you some luxury homes inspirations on interiors and also architecture.