"John, we just had to write you a note to tell you Thank You. You made the complicated process of building a home easy for us and we know how hard you worked. All the extra things you did for us, we know no one else would have done. Thanks for the laughs out on the job site, you're a joy to work with."

E & D Hauck


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Construction Notes from John:

This client purchased a hilltop property across the street from her daughter. The client wanted her home positioned so that she could see her daughter's kitchen window from either her sewing room window or her kitchen window.

After my surveyor plotted the necessary checkpoints, I used the data to design a floor plan that would accommodate her request.

The site had a number of native oak trees and required extensive grading. A licensed arborist guided us through the restrictive oak tree ordinance, resulting in using some of the oaks as part of my design for the outdoor patio deck.

Because of the hillside condition, a two-story home resulted as the final solution. A residential elevator was installed to accommodate the owner's physical condition.

Grade level featured an oversized, 3-car garage, guest quarters with full bath, HVAC, trash storage, trash chute from above, and access to the elevator. A stair from the garage to the second floor gave capable family members access to the second floor.

With some thought, I was able to design the second floor so that the owner could view her daughter's home from 3 locations: when at the breakfast table, sink or sewing machine. We experienced many happy arm-waving sessions with our client and her daughter and grandchildren.

The upper level rooms all have gorgeous views of the heavily wooded oak and chaparral hillsides. The entrance stairs form the motor court below present a dramatic view of the terrain, as does the second story entry porch.

Location North San Luis Obispo County

Site 5 acres, hillside

Habitable sq.ft. 3,460 sq. ft.
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Materials Concrete block sub-structure

2 x 6 wood frame

Truss joint floor system

Truss roof

Mission style concrete roof tile

All eaves, facia overhangs are stuccoed for fire resistive construction

Dual glazed, low "e" windows and sliding doors

HVAC with special electronic filtering system

Features Unique viewing

2-stop elevator

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