Jack and Ellen Corrigan had one cat, a load of oversize vintage synthesizers, and a music library of more than 10,000 records to consider when they decided to build a new home in Mill Valley, California. It was a long haul, but not a long distance, to the finished result: a two-story structure with a standing-seam metal roof, nestled along a cascading hillside where their previous house once stood, with views of Mount Tamalpais to the northwest.
A member of the British electronic group Meat Beat Manifesto, Jack (also known by his stage name, Jack Dangers) had moved to Marin County in the early 1990s after meeting Ellen, who works in digital marketing, at a music festival in San Francisco.
At the Mill Valley home designed by architect Chris Deam for residents Jack and Ellen Corrigan, the view begins from the top. Sun studies of the steeply sloped site informed the choice for a standing-seam metal, diagonal ridge roof, which Chris refers to as the home’s “fifth facade”.
Together with Nick Dine, Chris also designed the concrete planters, pillows, and powder-coated steel lounge chairs on the front deck; all are part of the Modern by Dwell Magazine home collection for Target. Predominantly native, fire-resistant plantings dot the property, which sits in a wildland urban inter-face (WUI) zone.
After deeming the original structure unfit for renovation, Chris worked with the Corrigans to raze it and rebuild. With the addition of a lower level, the top floor now sits higher, with clarified sight lines. In the kitchen, a pass-through window connects to the deck, where the couple often entertain; Chris, Jack, Ellen, and Lara Deam enjoy the view.
Bifurcated by a diagonal ridge, the roof geometry is equally striking inside, where warm, neatly delineated planks of rich walnut mirror the floors and converge at an uncanny angle to form the ceiling. “This place is built like a boat,” says Chris, who worked with local craftsmen at Braintree Woodworks to execute the highly technical build.
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