Contemporary Cedar Siding Balances an Asymmetrical Structure

Niall Cain’s use of high windows and up-lighting around the perimeter give the façade a floating effect.



Designer Niall Cain used continuous high ribbon windows to separate the roof from the cedar cladding and brick base below while up-lighting around the perimeter of the cathedral ceiling reinforcing this floating effect. The exterior cladding is horizontal clear cedar V-groove siding; the roof structure is tongue-and-groove Douglas fir.

 
 
Whitlock: Cain uses a good mix of materials and a good balance of vertical and horizontal planes.
 
Lima: This home nods to mid-century aesthetics with corner windows and large overhanging roofs that create a gorgeous layering of indoor and outdoor spaces. The asymmetrical façade is balanced with a symmetrical window pattern on the front and side elevation. Materials are diverse and unexpected, such as the wood siding planks combined with the brick on the lower portion of the building. There is an elegance and grandeur to this home, while still offering an inviting and intimate experience as one approaches the front entry door. The use of beams creates a rhythmic grid that spans the width of the home, supporting the roof, and creating continuity between the interior and exterior living spaces, particularly on the balcony over the garage. 
 
Buscarello: Wonderful sense of order. There is good use of horizontal movement offset with vertical supports, and the dramatic interior lighting nicely accentuates the beautiful details throughout.
 
Kossar: The horizontal lines of the wood exterior and the ribbons of glass emphasize the clean, contemporary lines of the house.
 
Mintz: I am especially fond of this exterior. Elegant, natural materials make the exterior feel related to the present yet with the beauty of a Frank Lloyd Wright feel for me.
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