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Home of the Year
Los Gatos, CA
Design Focus International
Photographer: Bernard Andre and Lauren Devon
The site of Laurel Mews—where a car dealership once stood—could have ended up as stacked flats or townhomes. Instead, the design team
embraced context full-on, taking cues from historic, nostalgic Los Gatos.
The streets of Laurel Mews are inspired by cobblestoned lanes in Great Britain, giving this Silicon Valley site to a more human and inviting purpose and scale.
The exteriors of these finely made homes take their cues from the past, too, built in the fine tradition of California Arts & Crafts shingle style. Details like brick patios,
stonework, board and batten overhangs, white painted trim and rafters underscore that historic feeling. Detached garages, spacious porches, and generously sized
windows add to a feel that’s fresh yet looks to the past.
The interiors of the 3100 square-foot home is as contemporary as the facades are historic, with an open kitchen, amply-sized island, adjacent family room, and sunny
sitting room. A full basement features a bar, bath and media room, and the second floor plan includes a laundry room that has generous cabinetry and a craft corner.
Built-ins such as reading nook and a custom-style vanity in the master suite make this production home feel anything but mass-produced.
The thoughtful use of tight lots and efficient floor plans make this community “an inspiring example of smart density,” said the judges. “Both home and site plan are
completely of their place, yet they could be plunked down anywhere from Massachusetts to Minnesota and still look appropriate,” they concluded.