Nestled high above Silicon Valley, the Shou Sugi Ban House was a project that consisted of a major remodel and addition to an existing modern home. At the head of the project was Schwartz and Architecture, who were inspired by the surrounding sights and textures, like the boulders, bark, and leaves. A two-story addition was designed and clad in traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban, which is burnt wood siding, and these Japanese hints were added to the indoor décor. The extension houses a new guest suite on the upper floor with a family room below. The new family room looks out to the surrounding green landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. An open floating staircase connects the family room to the guest suite above. The designers used a simple yet genius solution to make the kitchen not bulky and to bring the light in: they didn’t use cabinets, they went for thin tops and built-in appliances. The overall décor is modern and eye-catchy: laconic designs are made original with cool textural plays. Natural textures were an important part of the remodel with hopes of connecting it to the natural surroundings. Wood, leather, some metal and other materials add a luxurious touch to the seemingly simple décor. I love the modern stairs in natural wood and black, it looks very airy due to the triangle metal supports are tightening. The extensive glazing connects the extension with outside, gives wonderful views and lets light in. The extension is modern, stylish and has some Japanese aesthetics, laconic, simple but timeless and very chic.