Levin residence


The Levin residence is located at the northern end of Cement Hill Ridge, overlooking the South Yuba River gorge near Nevada City. A large grove of black oak trees frames the building site.

Stan and Donna Levin desired a home on one floor level, configured for entertainment and frequent guests. The building is a collection of exterior hipped roof forms splayed from a ridge over the central living and dining areas. There is an emphasis on cross ventilation and natural light in all spaces. Exterior finishes include fire-resistant concrete tiles, integral colored stucco with sand float finish, and a select use of cedar for wood soffits and trim. Native granite boulders gathered from the property were placed to merge adobe walkways and landscape retaining walls with the garden.

The Levins’ love for gardening and outdoor living became a focus in the design: patios, water gardens, shade and sun gardens and a vegetable garden positioned around the home. The interior spaces emphasize views to these gardens, the surrounding oak groves and the distant mountain landscape.

The Levins’ preference for natural materials and earth colors, combined with their collection of contemporary and Asian art, were key elements for the interior design. Native cedar wood paneling was used throughout the home, in combination with cherry cabinetry and hardwood flooring. Variegated slate was incorporated into the entry, the gallery flooring, and fireplace surrounds.

Custom architectural design features include the entry doors, wall-sconce light fixtures, built-in display niches, fireplace surrounds, cabinetry and wall trim details, and an entry trellis structure.

Jeff Gold & Associates provided the architectural design and construction management for this custom residence, completed in 2001.


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