We just received the photos of of our latest completed new house in Gualala, on the California coast: A short write up about the project below, and more photos throughout the website.
Gualala, just north of Sea Ranch, is a seaside town that holds many beautiful wooded areas. The site of this home was an interesting challenge in that it falls within both the Coastal and the Mountain zone. Working closely with Mendocino County we were able to carve out a buildable lot tightly designing the home’s footprint to fit within these narrow parameters, including an entire septic system, fire suppression water tanks and all utilities to and from the home. Built on sloping hillside the one-story structure was created for full indoor-outdoor flow from every room in the home allowing the homeowners to enjoy this new home a for a long time as the home is designed to allow graceful aging for years to come within it.Designed as a singular sloping roof form across the entire expanse, natural daylight enters from many directions creating ample daylighting throughout and allowing for cross-ventilation for all the public spaces. LED dimmable up lighting has been integrated in every space using the sloping roof form to bounce light off in every room balancing the natural light.Radiant heat in the natural-finished concrete slabs give consistent, gentle warmth everywhere in the home. The owner is an avid gardener and the integral sunken front courtyard offers cascading planting beds while opening up the rear of the home onto the forest with outdoor dining and BBQ area. When both sets of multifold doors are open the entire living space flows from the front courtyard to the back meadow and forest unhindered. The exterior is clad in all-natural cedar and Corten steel to give the home a natural patina with a rustic yet elegant feel. Trellises and select exterior walls are clad in lattice to hold future vines buffering from the sun’s heat while anchoring the home into its natural surrounds. The plan has been laid out to give corner windows to every bedroom and bathroom maximizing both the indoor-outdoor feeling and privacy for each space.