Coastlands House is situation in one of Big Sur, California’s most scenic areas, located in an old coastal subdivision with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur Coastlands, designed by architecture firm Carver + Schicketanz. Originally the site had an existing home of poor construction, so the residence was replaced with a new, more energy efficient home that could be seamlessly integrated into its natural surroundings. The clients’ vision included a home that would maximize the views, while providing tranquility and serenity. They wanted the space to accommodate a sizeable museum-quality art collection yet feel warm and inviting to guests. A detached guest house was built to accommodate overnight guests while maintaining privacy for the homeowners.
The spa area with integrated workout facilities provides a retreat for yoga and meditation. The design solution included integration of the new structures into the scenic beauty and native landscape while regaining open space, and incorporating sustainable elements into all aspects of the design. A warm but neutral color palette was incorporated into the design to complement the natural building materials and juxtapose the brilliant blues of the ocean and sky and the vivid greens of the garden and hills beyond. Hand-selected antiques are mixed with carefully sourced new furnishings. Most of the carpets and many furnishings were specifically designed by the architects for this residence.
Large glass stacking sliders open to the patios beyond – providing great cross ventilation and a seamless connection to the outdoors. Most of the finish materials are reclaimed and a photovoltaic system was designed to generate 90% of the home’s power usage.