With its humble footprint and restrained use of local materials, this 1,400-square-foot house in Northern California makes a dramatic impression
“We took one of architecture’s most basic forms―the shed―and reinterpreted it to mimic the topography of the hill,” says Eric. The designers also turned to their archives at TGH. The firm’s founder, William Turnbull Jr., was one of the original architects at The Sea Ranch, a nearby community developed in the 1960s that defined the area’s modern yet rustic home styles.
What you don’t see: the radiant heat system underneath the concrete tiles, which significantly reduces the couple’s reliance on their traditional heat system during the winter
What you don’t see: a whole lot of clutter, thanks to the expansive bank of veneered fir cabinetry that keeps the clean and simple space from feeling austere
What you don’t see: the warming effects of passive solar heating from all of the windows along the house’s west side
What you don’t see: the master bath, cleverly concealed behind the partial wall turned headboard
What you don’t see: a shower curtain, which is missing for a reason. “This bath is so peaceful that it feels like a spa, so we really only use it for relaxing soaks,” says Sally.
What you don’t see: neighboring houses in front of and down the hill from Sally and Terry, because the architects reserved the windows for the house’s corners