The Funk residence
is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near
the confluence of Rock Creek and the South Yuba River, north of
Nevada City. The house site is steep canyon land that required careful
grading considerations and the integration of the structure into
the hillside. The architectural design consists of a hand-crafted
home composed of natural materials that are in harmony with the
The program called for a home with informal living patterns, extensive
outdoor patio and garden spaces, accommodations
for guests, and a home office. The design contains two wings with
radiused walls curving outward from the central living room. The
two-story configuration creates a compact building "footprint" that
minimized the need for grading and disturbance to surrounding trees.
The building orientation optimizes passive solar heating, natural
daylight, and exposure to prevailing winds for passive summer cooling.
The home is heated entirely with a solar hot water heated radiant
Exterior materials include slate tile and copper roofing, native
granite stone, cedar paneling, integral colored concrete, and mahogany
doors and windows that were custom fabricated by a local millworks
company. Interior materials consist of recycled mahogany for paneling
and cabinetry, quarter sawn white oak flooring, slate floor tile
and countertops. Large boulders for the walls and landscaping were
gathered from the property, and the peeled logs for exposed framing
elements were also locally harvested
A major element to the Funk residence is the principle of "sustainability".
This called for using materials
that were ecologically based, incorporating renewable energy sources.
Natural, non-toxic interior finishes were selected for the interior:
wool fiber carpet, natural oil sealers for the woodwork, and low
voc paint finishes for the drywall. Some custom design elements
include etched glass ceiling skylight panels, a tile mosaic wall
in the kitchen, the stairway banister, the entry and interior doors,
and the interior trim and cabinetry detailing.
Jeff Gold & Associates provided the architectural design and the
construction management in cooperation with Erickson Construction Company for this
custom residence, completed in 2002.
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