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Striking transparency defining a contemporary family home in Brentwood

  was responsible for designing this contemporary family home to respond to a busy street in Brentwood, a city in Contra Costa County, California. To give this family with three young girls some much needed privacy, the architects devised a sequence of entry spaces to help with sound attenuation. The drive court features expansive gates and voluminous landscaped elements to screen the home from the street.

A curving glass screen connected to the drive court allows natural light to filter into an inner courtyard, all the while shielding the area from street noise. The courtyard features an exquisite waterfall and an infinity edge swimming pool—providing an element of tranquility when approaching the home. The architects hope was that by the time one enters through the double volume entry hall, you will have left the rest of the world behind.

The home was designed in an L-shaped plan in order to maximize the expansive backyard, all the while protecting this outdoor space from the busy street noise. The backyard is an oasis, quiet and peaceful. The backyard also features a guest house, surrounded by lush gardens.

The residence features a formal living room, dining room, family room, media and office as well as secondary spaces on the main level. A master bedroom and four other bedrooms are located on the upper level, in addition to a family room, art room and gym. The house is finished in a cool grey and cream limestone with light plaster and paint tones and bronze metal accents.

What We Love: This contemporary family home offers plenty of privacy from the street, while offering spectacular living spaces both indoors and out. Although the architects devised this home to shield it from the street, there is still plenty of transparency to provide natural light and maximize views of the lush gardens and beautiful outdoor spaces… Readers, what details in this home to caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

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Photos: Courtesy of McClean Design

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