Clausen Residence

Location:  San Luis Obispo, CA
Status: Built
Square Footage:  4257
Rooms: 4 + Photo Studio
Bathrooms: 3 + 1 Half Bath

On a quiet cul-de-sac not too far from downtown San Luis Obispo lies the contemporary craftsman styled Clausen Residence. The challenges that accompanied this project were what, in the end, made it so interesting. The buildable area of the site is very small due to the fact that almost half of the property is occupied by a biological open space easement, established to protect the creek that runs behind the lot. In addition to this, the site is incredibly steep, which lent itself well to a stair stepped 3-story floor plan.  Strict height restrictions set by the local jurisdiction governed the decision to bury the garage in the hill, and set the main living space on top of it, accompanied by the children’s bedrooms and game room further back on the site. The 3rd floor is occupied fully by the master suite, which looks down on the back yard below. Off of the great room is a vast deck, with built in barbecue, fire place and heaters, ideal for outdoor entertaining year round.

The house, adorned in lap siding and true craftsman details is flanked by gorgeous oak trees and the creek beyond.

Photos by 11th Street Studio