This house in San Diego occupies a triangle-shaped lot about two blocks from the ocean. The footprint of the house reflects the lot shape on the ground floor. The second floor footprint steps back to provide covered deck areas for each bedroom. The curved roof not only gives the house a distinctive look, but also helped enhance the volume of second floor areas without compromising views, and without violating the site’s zoning height limitations.

A good house works well on many levels. For a California house, two of those are code-driven. First, California has some of the tightest energy efficiency standards in the country. Even though the temperature in southern California is mild, energy consumption can be significant. This house design performed 30 percent better than the Title 24 requirements in effect at the time of construction. Second, a California house has to withstand earthquakes. Energy efficiency measures and earthquake resistance measures can both add significantly to a building’s cost. This house’s basic design made those two features easy an inexpensive to accomplish.

Major materials are architectural concrete, high-performance glazed storefronts, ornamental metal, and wood siding.