The Long Valley Ranch House is an incredible modern vacation home designed by Marmol Radziner, set on the crest of a grassy knoll in Mendocino County, California. The goal was to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the 160-acre property by siting the retreat in a careful and unobtrusive manner. The 10-module home forms an L-shaped plan, framing views of a canopy of mature oak trees to the south and east.
The main volume is oriented east to west and arranged in an open plan. The living room, kitchen, and dining room collectively open southward onto a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace and pool area. From the main volume, the master bedroom extends to the north, following the edge of the hilltop and ending in a private deck that takes in the morning light from the east.
Marmol Radziner is a full service architectural firm that provides architectural design, interior design, landscape design, furniture design, jewelry design and prefab. In addition, we provide construction services, as a design-build firm. We operate our own custom cabinet shop and metal shop. We want our collaborative design vision to be realized coherently and elegantly.
Photos: Joe Fletcher
Silver Bay Villa is a luxury holiday home for a young family designed by SAOTA together with designers Antoni Associates, located in Shelly Point, South Africa. The residence is a contemporary interpretation of vernacular architecture. A wind protected courtyard houses a pool while a glass facade allows views of the beaches.
“The brief was to create a holiday home for a young family that could be enjoyed by an extended circle of friends and family. The house needed to create an internal environment that maximized the connection with the view, minimized views on neighboring buildings and created sunny wind free outdoor living spaces,” says Greg Truen, Project Partner.
The site is positioned at Shelley Point on the West Coast Peninsula which runs from Saldanha Bay in the South, to St Helena Bay in the North. Shelley Point sits on the Northern tip of the Peninsula and is a small spur of land that juts into the Atlantic with West, North and East facing beaches. St Helena Bay itself is made up of a number of bays and the site faces into one of the first of these, Stompneus Baai. Uniquely for the West Coast, the site faces East over the bay looking towards the mountains behind the small Swartland town of Aurora.
The bay is home to populations of common and endemic Heaviside Dolphins, Southern Right Whales and is an important stopping point for migratory birds. The climate is dryer and warmer than that of the Cape Peninsula and is characterized by strong South-Easterly winds in summer which switch to a North-West direction in winter. The site slopes from the street on the West down to the beach on the East by about 3000.
The design is largely formed by three contextual conditions. The first is the elevated entrance which placed the living spaces on the upper level and the bedrooms and playroom on the lower level. This decision allowed the living spaces to maximize the views of the bay and to see the water’s edge. The second issue is the prevailing South-Easterly wind. The challenge here is that the views are in this direction and a large set of glazed sliding doors allows the maximum view.
The third major issue is the sun on the North side. The response to this and to the South-Easterly wind was to position the pool in a courtyard on the Northern face that captures sun for the house and also creates a wind free outdoor space that can be enjoyed year round regardless of the wind.
The upper floor has been conceptualized as a single space holding the pool courtyard, an elevated entrance hall, a kitchen with a large table and a dining and living space on the East edge. The L-shaped space is broken up by level changes which create distinctly different spaces. A conical flue made from Corten steel forms a visual element around which the spaces pivot, the rusted surface reflecting the coastal environment.
The thatched roof is supported on a perimeter I-beam. The timber tie beams of the thatched roof are replaced by steel tie rods that allow the open volume of the roof to form the top of the space, the woven thatching grass and the latter forming a counterpoint to the granite floors.
A curved Corten ‘hat’ sits over the braai flue and watches over the pool courtyard, a playful companion for the Corten cone that sits on the other side of the courtyard. The North face of the courtyard is formed by a timber wall. On the lower level, the off-shutter concrete slabs form the ceiling. The slabs retain rust marks from the steel that was laid in the slab and the chalk markings of the contractor.
The simple cellular bedrooms have a serrated facade that allows for corner glazing to maximize views. The curtain track was cast into the slab with a radiused corner that creates a cave-like space at night when the curtains are closed. Simple glass walls separate the en-suites from the bedrooms, allowing the two spaces to share a larger volume. The stair connecting the two levels is also made from I-beams with 75mm thick Eucalyptus planks forming the treads.
“The interior is a sophisticated eclectic mix of easy living, laid-back, comfortable and robust furniture. Natural timber, charcoal and grey fabrics are accented with washed-out red patchwork kelims, and blue log stools. Natural materials and textures such as pewter-colored grass cloth wall coverings and woven baskets add tactile finishes that layer the spaces. Proportions are over-scaled and inviting. Large sofas are nested with clusters of cushions and throws and instantly reflect relaxation. Spaces are cocooned and layered and have a sense of home,” says Mark Rielly of ANTONI ASSOCIATES.
Photos: SAOTA, Adam Letch & Enda Cavanagh
This fabulous beach house retreat was designed by Johnson + McLeod Design Consultants, located on Pender Island, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Pender Island is about a 1½-hour ferry ride or 15-minute seaplane ride from Vancouver. The project encompassed the renovation of a 1968 home, which is comprised of 2,800 square feet (260 square meters) of living space with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The designers respected the original home’s spirit while honoring the beautiful natural environment that surrounds it — “it’s a fresh Pacific Northwest take on midcentury modern.” The clients wanted the home to function as a place for escape and entertaining.
The renovation was all about transparency and long sight lines through the space to the spectacular views beyond. Creating a sense of continuity was paramount. All the floors are tiled in 30-inch by 6-inch Italian porcelain planks that resemble wood. The flooring is unbroken through all of the rooms and hallways, has no thresholds and is heated from underneath. It even continues up this high media wall, warming up the space.
The vaulted ceiling was painted white to lighten things up and cover inconsistencies left behind by old walls, since removed. In keeping with the home’s proportions, the designer designed windows that are 10 feet high, as opposed to their previous standard sliding door height of about 6 feet, 8 inches — all the more chances to see the eagles, whales and deer beyond the glass.
The designers mixed splurges like authentic Eames lounge chairs and a custom coffee table with less expensive pieces from popular retailers. The chevron poufs are from West Elm.
The designers replaced the steps with an updated metal and teak version and added a glass railing, but the spirit of the sunken living room remains. To create a unified look, the designers believe in repeating elements. In addition to the unbroken floor planks, the same sofa style, fabrics and paint colors were used on both levels to keep things pleasingly cohesive.
The designers knocked out the walls between the public areas, making it one big room. A new dining area is a part of the wide-open space. A jazzy group of pendants creates a funky rhythm overhead. The couple invested in authentic Eames dining chairs, but the dining table was relatively inexpensive from Crate & Barrel.
The biggest feature of the kitchen is this amazing 14-foot-long picture window that spans the counter length. The cabinets have all been custom designed in horizontal grained teak.
The long drawer pulls and block over the window emphasize the horizontal as well. The refrigerator and freezer are housed on the left side of the window; the pantry and a broom closet are to the right of it.
The bedrooms were kept simple to emphasize the views outside and create a restful vibe. Behind the headboard in the master bedroom is a textured Phillip Jefferies wall covering called Granite.
A wall-mounted velvet headboard allows for some versatility. It extends 14 feet so that the twin beds can be separated with a table between them or shoved together for a couple.
A big view from the bathroom shows how the lichen-covered rocks inspired the interiors. In keeping with the consistent flow throughout the house, all three bathrooms are more or less the same. They have the same porcelain wood-like planks on the floor; the vanities are crafted of teak, with long, sleek pulls and deep gray Caesarstone counters; and large-format gray tiles cover the walls.
The owners are able to telecommute from the island and stay in their recreation home as much as possible, no matter the weather.
The home sits on a hunk of rock jutting out into Swanson Channel. The designers were inspired by the lichen-covered rocks around the property, which include the occasional burst of orange, and the local fauna.
Photos: John Sinal Photography
This classic alpine home was designed as a getaway for a Florida couple and their family by Worth Interiors, located at Beaver Creek, in Avon, Colorado. The home is situated so perfectly that the couple can stand on their terrace and watch the skiers come down the slopes of the Beaver Creek Resort. In addition to their stellar views, they also enjoy the generous proportions of the rambling house that was previously remodeled by architect Eric Johnson. The house had a lot of dark wood, so in the brief the clients requested a design scheme that was lighter and brighter and more in keeping with who they are. They wanted to push the envelope and go as contemporary as they could within the building envelope. The designer employed unexpected materials such as grass cloth in the bathroom to embroidered vinyl in the guest room and a silver metallic sheen in the living room.
Also unexpected is the repeated use of cowhide the designer deftly employed with a modern twist. The living room is grounded with a patchwork cowhide rug, alder panels in the master suite’s sitting area were stained dark and fitted with brown cowhide inlays, and the bed is backed with white paneling filled with ivory cowhide. “When you go contemporary, you still have to be respectful of the location and the architecture,” states the designer of his innovative use of the iconic western material. “It also helps to have clients who are brave enough to try layers of dark and light woods, plaster, grass cloth and cowhide.”
“We salvaged a lot of the original building’s structural materials, popped it up and out in every direction and nearly doubled the square footage,” says Johnson, who also added more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor living areas. And according to builder Robert Kehr, those commodious rooms and outdoor spaces made a dramatic difference. “The house has three large suites all with spa bathrooms, and the master has a personal deck with a privacy fence and hot tub,” he says.
In the spacious living room of a Vail Valley home, the designer chose tactile materials that complement the wall’s stone detailing. A cowhide rug from Stark grounds a sitting area where a leather-covered Dunne daybed by Troscan Design Furnishings pairs with a custom tufted ottoman.
The designer gave the kitchen a contemporary feel by painting the island cabinetry black to play off the existing granite countertop and redid the perimeter counters in honed black granite. The Guy Chaddock hand-forged iron chandelier, which features natural burlap and leather lacing, was procured through Town.
Clean lines define the Ted Boerner dining table, purchased through Town, and Jiun Ho chairs, which are covered with durable Joseph Noble Great Fake leather. A Roll & Hill chandelier composed of 12 ceramic antlers lends a whimsical western accent.
The master suite’s sitting area is outfitted with a Kennedy sectional sofa by Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman and a sturdy coffee table from Taracea. The Stark ikat rug, from Town, lends a punch of color and pattern to the space.
In the master bedroom, the headboard is upholstered with Joseph Noble fabric and stands against a wall custom paneled with hide, chrome and lacquer. The custom table is by Altura Furniture, and the Antoine Proulx chair combines a wood-and-copper frame with a metallic from Edelman Leather.
A lamp from Ralph Pucci International lights the Milo Baughman chairs and ottoman from Thayer Coggin that flank the master bedroom’s antique limestone fireplace. The linen drapes feature the same Romo fabric in two colors.
In the second master bath, an alder vanity topped with dark marble is paired with a chair from Arteriors Home. Crystal sconces by Barbara Barry for Kallista illuminate the Phillip Jeffries grass-cloth wallcovering.
In the game room, tufted patent- leather vinyl wraps around a bar, which is crowned with a glowing Caesarstone top from the Concetto Collection. Benches and bar stools from Four Hands offer comfortable seating.
Photos: Kimberly Gavin
Lake Tahoe Residence was designed by Chelsea Sachs Design for a couple living in San Francisco wishing to create an idyllic vacation retreat in the woods near Lake Tahoe, California. After years of looking for the perfect home, they decided that what they really wanted was to start from scratch and to find the perfect land, then to build on it. One day, they finally found it in a plot that backed up to a nature preserve and a beautiful, winding stream. The land was within walking distance to the lake and was nestled in a grove of beautiful pine trees. Designing this house from the ground up, my clients and I got to create and then to build the perfect vacation home for their family’s needs, and as a designer, I have never been more inspired or thrilled with the process and the result.
Elements: I believe that the most important material part of interior design is the floor — it is the base that supports the rest of the elements in the room. My clients felt strongly about having a dark floor and we sourced wide and beautiful oak planks from Restoration Timber in San Francisco. Next I came across a complementary stone called “Montana Moss Rock,” and once we had these two elements locked down, the rest of our design scheme came to life.
Approach: My clients wanted a modern home, but they also wanted a comfortable and warm mountain retreat. The intentional and edited application of barn wood paneling throughout the interior of the house achieved this affect. The wood came from dismantled barns in Indiana, and it made the home feel weathered and warm. We used it on the fireplace column, on a few ceilings, on the accent walls, and on the entire exterior of the house. We had a very rich palette already with the dark oak floors and wood panelling, so we designed our built ins throughout the house in a walnut that was only slightly stained to reveal the true nature of the wood. The result was a palette that was layered and rich but not overwhelming.
Materials: I then moved on to the tile selections which ranged from a soft and beautifully veined limestone in the kitchen, to a metallic ceramic in the foyer. I had Blue Slide Art Tile make a gorgeous clay tile for the kids’ bath. The master bath was designed as a wet room and has no shower enclosure. We used a beautiful ceramic recycled content tile in a large format from floor to ceiling on most of the walls. In the rest of the home, the drywall finish, wallpaper selections, concrete fireplace, floating staircase details, hardware, custom cabinetry, beam treatments and window valences were all painstakingly selected.
Details: My absolute favorite element of this job was the lighting selection. We used Mizu glass pendants by Terzani in the foyer to mimic the rippling water found in the creek behind the house. I then paired them with two Saggina chrome chandeliers over the dining room table which mimicked the tree branches outside.
Inspiration: Nothing inspired this work more than the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe area and the land that we built upon. My clients wanted their home to look as if had organically grown up from the land. We found rock that looked like it had been quarried right out their front door, wood that appeared to have been split off the bark in the surrounding trees, and concrete that matched the rock boulders surrounding the lake.
Journey: Building on raw land takes patience and it provides you with a great education. What began as drawings and inspiration boards came to life over the course of two years. When I first set foot on this property, I walked with one of my clients down to the stream and we picked up rocks and bark and leaves that I then brought home with me and kept on my desk throughout the entire design phase to remind me of what mattered most: a design scheme that was in harmony with the natural environment.
Photos: Peter Medilek
Chalet Bolton-Est is a stunning two story contemporary vacation home project designed by Atelier BOOM TOWN, located in East Bolton, Quebec, Canada. The clients vision for the design of the home was abundant light, open space, a fluid inside-outside relationship, views, framing and integration of the pavilion into the landscape. All expressed in a simple means and forms. This young couple with two young boys had just purchased a beautiful property in the East Bolton area. The home consists of 1,600 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, mud room, living room, kitchen, dining room. In the basement: a bedroom, a shower room, a game room (multi-function), and mechanical room.
Undergrowth inviting to walk, two small cabins cedar shingles, relics of the previous occupation, slightly sloping topography offering Western frank perspective on a nearby hill characterized the site. It remained to design the cottage for the family follower of outdoor activities in general and especially winter sports, cherished by many ski resorts nearby. Under these conditions, the “mud room” quickly became one of the architectural program elements around which the spaces are deployed to. Central, accessible through the main entrance as the service entrance, it is integrated into the flow of the cottage.
In our approach the cabin, the view against-diving offered the path to the building, the deployment of the two large roof that characterize the project. The large terrace bordering the south and west facades participates in its integration into the landscape. Large openings allow easy switching living spaces in open area (living room, dining room, kitchen) to the terrace.
A huge garden door 16 inches wide by over 9 feet high, allows free opening 8 feet overlooking the terrace and views of the hill to the west. When the season allows, the terrace becomes an extension of the chalet, an enlargement of the same stay in the scenery! The projection of the roof to control the south and west facades intake of sun in summer and, in turn, provides shelter against the elements in the climatic situations less lenient.
Upstairs genuine observation post on the landscape, is the master bedroom with a private bathroom and an adjacent workspace. This space reserved for parents is also designed in open area. A large balcony on the west facade provides a complete view of the field and observe the pond there, the two small huts, trails and undergrowth.
Photos: Courtesy of Atelier BOOM TOWN
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