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Breezy Contemporary Frames Killer Ocean Views North of San Francisco

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Glass, steel, copper, and zinc combine to gorgeous ends

Just north of San Francisco in the Marin County, California town of Stinson Beach lies this contemporary home with knockout views of the Pacific Ocean and a nearby national park. Designed by Washington, D.C.-based firm Wnuk Spurlock Architecture, the residence, comprised of several boxy volumes and dubbed In|Out, is clad in a variety of materials, including zinc and patinated-copper panels.

Because of local regulations restricting how tall the house could be, the architect set out to maximize a sloped site by slightly stepping the structure up its mountainside. Spaces are centered on a courtyard, which gives In|Out its name, "dividing the house into two sections" the architects say: one for the clients and the other for visitors (including guest and pool houses).

Inside, open-plan spaces and broad, floor-to-ceiling windows offer views from most corners of the home. A light, neutral color palette—as used for the wood panels around the fireplace and custom cabinetry in the kitchen and master bathroom—help keep things airy and bright. It's all capped by a rooftop deck for taking it all in.

This house is at home in the coastal hills north of San Francisco [Contemporist]

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