A low-slung profile with contemporary styling and a large roof deck

Willow Glen Contemporary Ranch

Our clients came to us with two non-negotiable criteria for their house: contemporary styling, and a large roof deck.

The latter requirement dovetailed nicely with the flat roof styling that characterizes most contemporary architecture, but our clients were concerned that their house would not be compatible with the existing single-story ranch style context surrounding them.

We pointed out to them that the “Ranch style”, with its roots in California, is more about the building’s connection to the land and embracing the indoor-outdoor lifestyle than it is about stucco walls and a hip or gabled shingle roof.

The fantastic David Weingarten/Lucia Howard book “Ranch Houses: Living the California Dream” in fact explores this notion of how flexible the “Ranch” vernacular really is, and features many modern-style homes by such modernist architectural luminaries as Cliff May, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Charles Moore.

Our design features a low-slung profile that emphasizes the horizontal and connection to the land. Natural stone and wood help warm the house, while exposed steel, bronze aluminum windows and doors, smooth stucco, and a bit of metal paneling firmly root the design in the contemporary style.

In addition to the large roof deck, the house features both a gracious front porch and rear patio.



  • Project Year: 2016
  • Project Cost: $750,001 – $1,000,000
  • Location: San Jose, CA


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