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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