"A limited material palette adds to the drama of the rectilinear home," says Choate. "There are really only panes of glass, structural steel, wood panels and stucco, complemented by the cool white of the sheet cast interior walls and ceilings.
"However, the clean, modernist lines need warmth, too, for a more cosy, human response. To help achieve this, I specified red cedar with a prominent grain, along with the hand-worked beige stucco. I had the stucco tinted rather than painted, to avoid a flat look. Light catching the tint on the surface creates multiple shades, making the texture appear more prominent. For this to be effective, the stucco needs to be applied subtly."
In terms of layout, the residence is quite conventional, with a run of open public spaces downstairs and bedrooms and a study upstairs. The sculptural feel of the exterior continues on the interiors, which also read as intersecting, or overlapping, planes and lines.
In the master bedroom a freestanding vanity element is all that separates the bathing and sleeping areas. On the bedroom side, this appears as a bookcase.
"In a sense, the house is an extension of the views that surround it," says Choate. "The courtyard pool adds one more tier to land meets water meets land."