This site is a long flat rectangle in Mill Valley, with neighboring houses on all three sides. A view of Mount Tamalpais to the northwest can be captured from the second floor.

Courtyard House — Entrance Exterior

Since flat and sunny lots are highly desirable, we wanted to maximize not only a large front yard suitable for batting practice but also form an inner, more private courtyard. The kitchen and dining room mediates between the two outdoor spaces. Bedrooms surround the courtyard, with an ADU in the rear. The upper level is conceived as either a primary suite or two children’s bedrooms.

The form of the house is undeniably modern, with large glass panels which bring the outdoor spaces inside. Wood siding enhances the natural setting.

Courtyard House Exterior