Indoor-Outdoor Living

This new custom home embodies the phrase: indoor-outdoor living. The owners’ goal, after losing their original home to wildfire, was to build a new one to better reflect their design aesthetic and lifestyle. Other design themes were to create a home that was easy to live in, easy to clean, and even easier to relax in. The result is a stunning example of modern indoor-outdoor living with a Pacific Rim influence.

Vaulted ceilings in the entry and living room, along with numerous floor to ceiling, retracting glass doors throughout the home, create a feeling of openness and provide 180° views of the Pacific Ocean. Elegant, earthy finishes include Santos mahogany floors and ceilings in every room, along with solid mahogany cabinets in the kitchen. Four men worked eight months to install the Egyptian limestone marble found in the entry, interior and exterior walls, all of the fireplaces, all exterior columns, throughout the master bathroom, and even on the pool deck. Seamless connections between indoor and outdoor living spaces abound, including a large pocket window which opens the kitchen to the outdoor barbeque area.

Pre-planning was the key to the success of this project. The building team, established right from the beginning, included not only the architect – Richard Redmond with Edwards Pitman Architects, builder, and interior designer but also the owners, who were integrally involved with both the planning and implementation phases. Their approach to rebuilding: “We are only going to build a house once in our lives and we want to get it right. We do not want to compromise on design or quality.”

A unique element contributed by the owner is a “lazy river” leading from the infinity pool, around the house, and ending adjacent to a Koi pond, surrounded by lush tropical landscape, and separating the main house from the guest wing. Not only are these water features aesthetic and peaceful, they cool warm mountain breezes before they enter the home, providing natural air conditioning.

(Photographer: Jim Bartsch)

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