Light on the Land

With its humble footprint and restrained use of local materials, this 1,400-square-foot house in Northern California makes a dramatic impression

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Dominique Vorillon

Ray Ban

What you see: a wall of cabinetry along the west side of the room that blocks the glare of the afternoon sun. Sliding panels hide the TV when it’s not in use.

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

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