Oakland Hills, Custom Spec House

Oakland Hills Home

Builder-Developer Big Dog Construction, Mark Stumpf

Architect - Jim Orjala

  • Entire western facade is open to sweeping bay views
  • Multi-story rigid frame designed to flank descending central stairway received lateral struts at mid-height corresponding to living area floor level
  • House has no headers to maximize views and to allow best lateral load transfer
  • Lower floor cantilevers off an inclined column allowing unconventional transition to downhill patio
  • Stability provided by rigid frames embedded into pier-caped footings