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    presented by the

    Architects Association of Santa Cruz County as a benefit for

    saturday may 19th10am-4pm

    $36 ticket admits two people









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    Welcome to the 2012 Open Architecture Tour

    Presented by the Architects Association of Santa Cruz County

    as a Benefit for

    Habitat for HumanityThis booklet is your admission to each home on the tour. Please present

    booklet to the docent upon entry to each property. Thank you.

    The Architects Association of Santa Cruz County is proud to present our Seventeenth Annual Open Architecture Tour on Saturday, May 19th, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

    This showcase of unique architectural works is an opportunity for you to meet talented local architects and experience their skillful designs. Your ticket book enables you and a companion to take a self-guided tour of sites located throughout Santa Cruz County.

    These architectural works encompass a wide range of styles and budgets. There are new custom homes and charming remodels and additions. Each offers exciting new ideas to current or prospective home owners interested in careful crafting of home design.

    Architects, project craftspeople, and docents will be at each site to greet you and discuss the sites special design features. Keep this ticket book as a valuable reference for when you plan your own project.

    Architects Association of Santa Cruz CountyWe are an association of licensed architects, affiliated design and construction professionals, and friends of architecture. The AASCC was formed in 1982 with the purpose of increasing public awareness of and sensitivity to architecture, giving members a platform for addressing design and planning issues at the regulatory level, fostering communication among design and building professionals, and sponsoring cooperation among private and public groups, all with the goal of improving the quality of both the built and natural environments.

    Please visit our newly updated website at for much more information, a complete list of all members, upcoming events, and an archive of past newsletters, speakers and Open Architecture Tours.

    Copyright 2012 Architects Association of Santa Cruz County.

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    This west side Santa Cruz home is a complete remodel of and addition to an existing home built in the 1980s. Downstairs the kitchen was relocated and walls were removed to create a great room for the kitchen, dining room, and family room. A new deck was added off the great room in order to enjoy the back yard and a glimpse of the ocean. The living room is a two story space with a new sun filled nook for reading and playing (when the grandchildren come to visit!). The downstairs existing laundry and bathroom were redone with all new cabinetry and finishes; there is even a new LED lit glass sink. The upstairs master bedroom suite was redesigned with an angled deck included to catch a view of the ocean down the street. A small office was added adjacent to the master suite with a built-in desk and Juliet balcony. The two other upstairs existing bedrooms, and associated bathroom, were re-finished.

    Some of the materials you will see on your tour are: ash floors, ash or mahogany cabinetry, custom concrete counters at the master bathroom and kitchen island, and quartz and Caesar Stone counters in other locations.

    The owners of the home are originally from South Africa and one will see various art pieces from South Africa and custom stained glass windows featuring plants native to South Africa. Janet Wyner-Maze also has a real love of locally crafted wood furniture and one will find various pieces throughout the home made by various artisans. This is a home designed to be a comfortable and warm place for a far flung family to gather. Enjoy your tour!

    1 Westside Remodel


    Architect Matson Britton Architects

    Engineer R.I. Engineering

    Contractor Bret Gripenstraw

    Interior Design Janet Wyner-Maze Matson Britton Architects

    Cabinetry Ken Neill

    Landscape Architect Jody Stix-Garsia

    Landscape Installer Far West Landscaping

    Stucco Ramsey Lath & Plaster

    Stained Glass John Forbes, Bonny Doon Art Glass

    Custom Furniture Bud Bogle Pieces Ken Periat Heather Glass

    See architect profile on page 55

    Matson Britton Architects

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    The former Sentinel newspaper office and publishing plant has been transformed and is now the home of Ecology Action, a local non-profit, Cruzio, the local internet provider, and a diverse group of local small and medium size businesses. The original 44,000 sq.ft. building was built in l964-65 using concrete tilt-up panels with reddish brown rocks as a finished surface and housed the local newspaper until 2007.

    In the fall of 2009, the new owners set out to create a 21st century setting for this downtown workplace. The project uses several green or sustainable strategies, including:

    1. Downtown location encourages walking, biking and transit for commuting and daily interactions,

    2. Re-purposed old building takes advantage of the existing construction materials and the embedded energy,

    3. Large areas cut into the existing concrete walls for new windows improve natural day-lighting,

    4. All new systems for lighting, power, heating and plumbing incorporate energy and water saving materials and equipment,

    5. Added operable windows and passive ventilating shafts improve air circulation, temperature control and comfort,

    6. Materials that do not have toxic and/or off-gassing ingredients protect interior air quality,

    7. New photo-voltaic panels on the roof generate electricity for building operations and electric car recharging,

    The Old Sentinel Building Thacher & Thompson

    8. Drainage devices reduce storm water pollution and increase groundwater recharge.

    The tour will provide access to the buildings interior including the large, day-lit training room in Ecology Action and the various office environments within Cruzio and the Co-working areas with shared work areas and private offices. The wide variety of work environments showcase the changing office landscapes in the 21st century. Finally, the tour will include several wall display panels that illustrate many of the green strategies and how they may be used by tour guests.


    Architect Thacher & Thompson

    Contractor Barry Swenson Builders

    Construction Manager David Tanza, LEED AP

    Structural Engineer Mesiti-Miller Engineering

    Mechanical Engineer List Engineers

    Electrical Engineer Prime Design

    Civil Engineer Bowman and Williams

    Landscape Architect Michael Arnone

    See architect profile on page 58

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    The clients approached me in 2008 with the desire to build a modest, quirky, energy-efficient home on vacant land in a new subdivision nestled between Harvey West Park and UCSC. Architects wait years for a project and a client like this.

    The program was +1700 SF: two bedrooms, two baths, ample kitchen, creative indoor-outdoor space, a functioning garden, a place for yoga, and an orientation that would take advantage of the canyon viewsoff the back.

    The best way to understand the challenge we faced at the projects inception is to review the site plan and notice how the house jogs in response to the irregular lot. We were determined to keep the rooms largely on one level in anticipation of the clients later years, but were confronted with simply too much building for the angled property lines. We also wanted to create two distinct viable outdoor courts: one on the south, facing the cul-de-sac, and one on the north, fronting the canyon. And so we arrived at a zigzagging split level floor planwith a garage below and a guest room above. The green roof over the garage provides a third discrete outdoor area, a virtual hanging garden. The house is thus artificially elevated and thereby serendipitously separated by elevation from the street. The split level will be traversed later, if necessary, by a stair ascender, anticipated by designing extra-wide stairs.

    The house has a number of sustainable features including: proper southern orientation for passive gain; solar-assisted domestic hot water

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    and heating with a sophisticated dual boiler and radiant pipes set in Gypcrete covered with cork flooring; spray foam insulation in walls and ceilings; Jeld Wen windows and doors; rainwater reclamation and storage in a tank under the driveway; wiring for future photovoltaic; sustainable metal roofing and arable green roof; and most of all, an unpretentious footprint.

    Small, simply-intended homes have a way of becoming intricate. This translates into complexity. Architects merely suggestclients persevere.

    Architect Bret Hancock AIA

    Structural Engineer Don Urfer & Associates

    Civil Engineer Bowman Williams

    Geotechnical Engineer Brian Bauldry

    Heating, Plumbing App-Tech and Energy

    Interior Design Janene Cayton Carla Carstens

    Landscape Design & Del McComb Installation Peter Hanson

    Builder Norcal Construction

    See architect profile on page 56

    Bret Hancock AIA

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    There is no denying that what drew Realtor, Michael McDonald, and husband, Vince Wucherer, to this site was the spectacular view at the top of Kite Hill overlooking Pasatimpo, the city, and the bay. They also recognized that this open view was very private, as the house effectively shields the pool side from the street.

    However, it was obvious, when walking through the front door,

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