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A balanced variety of materials and color on the exterior elevations helps break up the substantial footprint of the single-story building.

Natural wood beneath exterior overhands adds warmth to a durbale palette of stucco, glass, and corruagated metal. Vermillion and Song exaggerated front and rear door overhands to "symbolize arrival and make grand entries."

The home's Trombe wall protects the living room and master bedroom wing from direct southern exposure. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces are housed within the concrete shell.

The guesthouse provides privacy and space for the homeowners' large extended family. Having a separate structure for guests minimizes energy costs because the entire building can be closed down when not in use.

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