House Plan

Color-interior-w-enhanced-color-2 Click the drawing to open an enlarged version in a new window.

House Layout

Contemporary 4,458 sq. ft., single-story design by architect and fine artist James Shay, FAIA.

4 bedrooms, 4½ baths, 2-car garage, guest wing and 7 patios/decks.

Carefully designed for the ridgetop site and anchored by the 30-foot specimen live oak over the lower patio, the house has extensive glass, patios and terraces with a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay and pristine Sugarloaf Mountain. The house features natural stone and wood textures, an extra-private guest wing which doubles as an ideal home office, permeable pavements and a “green” roof landscaped with native plants.

A walkway surfaced with decomposed granite circles the house and provides access to the Preserve trail system.

Main Entry and Gallery

Dramatic circular formal entry enters into a stone-tiled gallery between the main and guest wings. A raised circular flagstone patio with an overhead trellis is entered via a mud room at the guest wing end of the gallery. Gallery also has a separate, less formal entry to auto court.

Main Wing

Living Area

Open floorplan kitchen, dining and family room with indoor fireplace and media center with a 14-foot ceiling. A 33-foot long, 12-foot high wall of glass doors and windows opens onto a stone terrace. Wood floors. Half bath next to kitchen. Laundry room near garage entry.

Master Bedroom

Fireplace. Wood floor. Private above-grade terrace. Bath with dual vanities, jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower with dual showerheads. Large walk-in closet.


Wood floor. Full bath with tub and separate shower, walk-in closet. Exterior door with flagstone patio connected to exterior house walkways (surfaced with decomposed granite) and natural surface trail system into the forest.

Attached Garage

Two-car garage with extra storage space and an interior entry door near the kitchen.

Guest Wing

Bedroom 1

Wood floor. Private deck. Entrance to guest wing hallway off of gallery. Full bath with walk-in shower.

Bedroom 2

Wood floor. Interior entrance to hallway off of gallery. Exterior entrance to flagstone patio connected directly to auto court and exterior house provides separate entrance for guests. Full bath with walk-in shower and outside entrance to patio. Small kitchenette and washer/dryer hookups enable this bedroom, and optionally Bedroom 1, to be rented.

City-Approved Plans

The building, site, and landcape plans shown in this website have been approved by the City of Belmont and are “shovel ready.” Plans can be modified with city approval; approval is likely as long as the size and external appearance remain similar.