Nestled into the hillside (literally!), the Hailey home is located on a 16-acre plot in Los Gatos. The key design element is the circular kitchen in the center hub of the house, with a circular staircase leading to a rooftop hot-tub that sports a 360-degree view of the valley. The covered swimming pool is topped with a double-insulated plastic material that’s bendable to form the arched roof – and is translucent to let in the sunlight.
"The right architect can be a homeowner's best friend. His or her knowledge of energy use, building materials, and labor costs can save you more than enough money to cover their fee, and an original, well designed house — one that is strong, functional, and responsive to its site — is a daily joy as well as a good investment."