Architect Vincent Snyder chose to clad the Urban Reserve house in slate for several reasons. It is low-maintenance, durable, and can last as long as 300 years if installed correctly, he says. Also, by using it on both the roof and walls it provided a seamless, sculptural look.
The southern facade of the house is open wide to the side yard, with rows of sliding glass doors and windows that create bright, lofty interior spaces.
Large operable windows, generous terrace spaces, and sliding glass doors add to the open feeling and facilitate indoor/outdoor living and increased ventilation.
A small retention pond on the northwest corner of the lot collects overflow from the home's 10,000-gallon rainwater cistern.
The slate cladding was carefully ventilated during construction to prevent moisture buildup inside the walls.