A young entrepreneur in San Francisco hired Melander Architects to design his new 1,300-square-foot weekend residence located in the Capay Valley. Because the site is adjacent to Cache Creek, the flood zone requirements set forth by FEMA called for a substantial elevated living space – meaning that all living spaces had to be raised 6 feet above the ground. The design of the house is a response to these flood zone elevation requirements, as well as the desire to elevate the building to capture both the beautiful views of the adjacent river basin valley and of the 40-acre organic farm with rolling hills beyond.
The simple rectangular floor plan consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The surrounding simple steel frame structure provides year-round shading in this dry and sun-drenched region of California.
*CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION – scheduled completion early 2017