I got to go to John’s company party the other day. The food was good. Here are some photos of the house and gardens and some of the party-goers and feast.
It is more energy-efficient to have a square, compact house, but when you live in California and you have a beautiful piece of land with some nice views, it is hard not to connect the inside to the landscape with courtyards. This H-shaped piece of architecture works pretty well, although it would have been better if the site was on the north wall of the valley rather than the north-east. I imagine that the courtyard is sometimes unusable on a hot afternoon with the low-angle sun beaming across the valley. As you can see from some of the photos, the house has a lot of creative and artful details.