Ethal Woods. home design. November 18th , 2016.
On arrival one is lead up delicate cantilevering concrete stairs alongside an immense off-shutter concrete wall which tapers dramatically towards its base – and thence into a triple volume Entrance Foyer. Here visitors are welcomed by a sculpture set into a water-feature and, through full height glazing, glimpses of mountain beyond. Monolithic stairs are suspended above and filter shafts of refracted morning light creating a sense of calm. The Study, Gym, Massage Room and luxurious Guest Bedrooms are all situated at the Ground Floor behind vegetation, screens and double glazing considerately layered to provide privacy and peace.
The expansive and largely untouched front and rear lawns are anchored by couple of anachronous ficus trees that act as generous foreground for the house. It is the courtyard with its orchestrated reflective pool, infinity-edged swimming pool, and floating wooden decks which engages with the mostly transparent, folding threshold of the house.
A combination of bold and discreet lighting was used to create a wow factor and the layering of lighting set various moods. Subtle lighting has been incorporated in all recesses and feature bulkheads to give a warm glow to peripheral edges. Concealed lighting has also been used to highlight and accentuate the organic natural finishes. In the dining room a customized crystal chandelier suspended from the ceiling rafters. Other feature lighting includes a custom designed ring light by AA Interiors, over the informal braai room and a signature Willow Lamp in the main bedroom.
As anyone familiar with SEE Materials knows, Shelly’s design aesthetic is alluring and moving. Consider the dining room table and living room seating group, areas which are illuminated by custom designed glass tube chandeliers, or the custom leather wall commanding attention in the family room. Sharing the lower level is a theater room, climate-controlled wine room, two additional bedroom suites, and a game area that features a window looking into the pool above. Whether sipping wine at the tasting bar or upstairs soaking up the view from the 2,200-square foot master suite, one’s experience remains awe-inspiring.
This beautiful residence is located on the peak of a hill in California, meaning that its key attractions include the gorgeous views that we can enjoy through the house’s numerous glass walls. At a size of 2,750 square feet, it was Design Studio in 2014 for a retired couple, seeking to settle down somewhere where they could take in the natural environment.