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

Open Architecture

In an effort not to give away the entire view at once, Eric and Mary designed the 1,445-square-foot house to unfold down the hillside. “You enter at the top, reserved for the two bedrooms and baths,” Eric says. “As you step down to the living areas, the view opens up and down the coast.”

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