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One Story Residence | Portola Valley | New Construction

Architecture: Duxbury McIntosh Architects

Builder: RJ Dailey Construction

Landscape: Tom Klope

Interior: Marian Wheeler

Photography: Alan Weintraub

A classic ranch house that epitomizes the relaxed and casual elegance that has become synonymous with California. The extensive dog-bone shaped single story layout embraces a connection to the outdoors, capturing expansive views of the valley below. 

The design features a low-profile roofline with broad eaves, incorporates a combination of materials, including plaster siding, stone accents, cedar eaves and wood window casing. Large picture windows, sliding glass doors, and expansive patio spaces allow for a seamless indoor-outdoor flow.

The large entry doors open to a spacious and light filled interior. The design focuses on functionality, practicality, and a connection to nature. The main living area is characterized by an open-concept layout, with a seamless flow between the living room, dining area, family room, and kitchen, creating a sense of unity and accessibility. The bedroom wings are connected by a wide gallery that encourages an experience of the sense of place. Large windows or glass doors provide scenic views of the surrounding landscape, bringing the outdoors in. The use of natural materials, exposed wood scissor trusses, hardwood floors, and stained wood windows and doors, contributes to the home's warmth and classic charm.

Outdoor living spaces are an integral part of the experience of this home. Patios extend from the house, offering additional areas for relaxation, dining, and entertaining. The surrounding landscaping embraces the natural beauty of the hillside setting, combining native plants, drought-tolerant vegetation, and well-maintained lawns. 

The Dog Bone house embodies a timeless and relaxed architectural style that celebrates an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Its single-story layout, connection to nature, and focus on comfort, it offers a warm and inviting sanctuary that captures the essence of California living.

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