The Dover residence
is located near Nevada City. The knoll top site is part of an old
homestead, and the new residence integrates parts of the original
Al and Lynne Dover wished to incorporate the style of the original
farmstead into their new residence. The architectural design utilizes
the low-profile gable roof forms of the western ranch home. All
living spaces are on one floor level, thereby allowing close connections
to the surrounding landscape. Exterior finishes include horizontal
cedar lap siding, stone, slate tiled patio terraces, and a trellis
supported by hand-peeled pine logs gathered from the property.
The interior spaces consist of a "great room", incorporating living,
dining and kitchen, private bedrooms, a library, and a home office.
The common spaces embrace views to the open meadow, landscaping,
pool and vegetable garden. Interior finishes include cedar paneling
and trim, exposed structural beams, recycled mahogany flooring,
slate tile at the entry, and mahogany cabinetry throughout.
climate of the site consists of hot summer days with a great amount
of sun exposure and very cold winter temperatures due to the cool
air circulating near the Deer Creek drainage. Special attention
was given to energy efficiency and "thermal performance" by means
of high levels of insulation, high-performance glazing, natural
ventilation, thermal mass of a floor slab, and radiant heating. Solar
panels are incorporated into the domestic hot water system.
Some custom design elements include built-in cabinetry, ceiling
trim that frames the skylight openings, and wood grills for the
hydronic heating panels.
Jeff Gold & Associates provided the architectural design, and Jon
Klingelhofer provided construction management for this custom residence,
completed in 2001.
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