The Whatley House is located on a rare 13-acre mountaintop site with 360 degree views of Mount Diablo, Briones Regional Park, and the East Bay Hills. The 7,300 square foot home is two stories with a small basement for mechanical equipment. The two-story ‘great room’, two steps down from the entry, is the center of the composition, and positioned to be on direct axis with Mount Diablo to the east. An infinity edge swimming pool is placed east of the ‘great room’, where the massing of the house mitigates high winds from the west.
A major goal of this design is to emphasize the connection of indoor and outdoor spaces. Indoor gardens seamlessly connect to outdoor gardens, separated by walls of glass, helping to blur the separation between inside and outside. This home will be all electric and net zero, making it one of the most sustainable homes ever built in Lafayette.