This reinterpreted California Ranch is delineated by a series of three roofs supported by concrete Y-shaped walls. Springing from the sub-ground level below, the walls separate the master bedroom from the communal core of the house which is washed by light from skylights that follow the folds of the roof planes. On the South side, the roofs form deep overhangs, extending the kitchen and dining spaces into their outdoor counterparts.
A low silhouette echoing the neighborhood context and scale, together with a sub-ground livable floor, create a dynamic interplay between horizontal and vertical spaces.
Four exposed concrete buttress walls connect both levels, and thrust the roofs outward. The livable spaces are extended into the covered pool-side patios, blurring the distinction between indoor outdoor uses. The concrete walls provide thermal mass which moderates the comfort level throughout the house which is free of mechanical systems.
Integrated skylights draw natural light deep in the space, creating gradations of mood that nuance the spaces. Voluminous ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors and an open layout lend themselves to flexible contemporary living. A clean-lined steel stairway leads to the lower level living space and outdoor terrace.
Thermal comfort is attained through the large extended roof overhangs creating shaded areas assisted by centrally located whole house fans. Solid concrete buttress walls act as thermal mass and mediate inside temperatures. Photovoltaics integrated into the roof panels supplement energy use as well as solar panels which heat the lap pool. Extensive vegetable gardens nourish the family as well as provide perennial color alongside the public side-walk.