Janke and Associates, Inc. Architects
HILL HOUSE RESIDENCE, Monte Sereno
The 5,500 square foot single-family house is on a heavily wooded, 2.1-acre site in Monte Sereno, California. The site axis is in an east-west orientation; the site entrance is on the west end.
Only 15% of the site was available for building; the majority of the site slopes over 35% and is heavily wooded. The build-able site was at the end of a long hairpin curve in the street with site topography sloping significantly along the long axis of the build-able site. The resultant building massing responds to the entry axis and the view axis that is offset horizontally by twenty-five degrees
The Program includes five Bedrooms and Baths, Living room, Dining Room, Kitchen and Breakfast Room, Study, and Office Retreat. Other amenities include a Wine Room, Family Room, Butler’s Pantry and Exterior Decks. Design challenges were to develop a delineated site entrance, to place decks and living spaces to maximize the view, to present a street image that was not overpowering, establish a readable massing geometry, and retain significant trees and natural landscape. Only one tree, an unhealthy 12” oak was removed; excavation was minimal.