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Wheeler Residence Integrating high-end modern design and a commitment to green building, this new house makes use of an existing foundation to create dramatic living spaces that flow into the landscape. The material palette includes Cor-ten steel, stained concrete mixed with fly-ash and Fin-Ply panels. Passive ventilation, radiant floors, solar hot water and photovoltaic power dramatically reduce energy use…. Read more

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Sometimes the ideal architectural canvas is not blank but rather rich in character, modest in ornament; a piquant template to reinvent. An existing 5,000-square-foot shell space with dynamic features afforded the ideal starting point for the new headquarters of Novo Construction, a distinguished Bay Area builder. William Duff Architects transformed this raw… Read more

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At Home with Nature A house designed with sustainability in mind can be the perfect blend of creature comforts and environmental responsibility.

William Duff Jr.’s experience with commercial, mixed-use, retail and restaurant projects deepens the pool of knowledge he draws on in the creation of designs for high-end residences, since he is familiar with a comprehensive array of materials and techniques. As a LEED-certified architect, he has further expanded his design palette… Read more

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Even though he knows what his designs will look like long before construction begins, William Duff feels a rush every time he sees a house framed. At that moment, the unique architecture of every space becomes immediately perceptible for architect and client alike.

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By Zahid Sardar – San Francisco architect William Duff designed a reprise of midcentury modernism in this new Menlo Park retreat. But it’s not just ideas that have made a comeback. Because the owners wanted to limit their carbon footprint, some materials in the house are also salvaged.